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In honor of International Women’s Day, I have put together the Best Books for Women By Women for you to read today!

I think it is important to celebrate women creators, and you can do that by purchasing one of these books or checking it out of the library. Supporting authors whom you admire is a great way to make sure they keep on writing and producing. To continue to have women authors write and sell books, and thereby sharing their specific and important advice and experiences, we have to promote them as much as possible. I did not read all these books. I took some fantastic people’s suggestions to put together this “Best Books for Women by Women” list. Check them out and let me know which ones you love!

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Motivational Books for Women

We all need some motivation in our lives. Here are some great motivational books for women, all written by women!

 

 

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Wishwork by Alexa Fischer

Whatever your desire for 2021, Wishwork encourages you to visualize your wish, write it, and make it come true. Each day on this 21-day journey, you will read a short chapter with an actionable step to complete. Readers will feel their optimism grow and see their dream transform into a reality. Wishwork will motivate you to get off the couch, turn off Netflix, get moving, cultivate a positive mindset, and make your #1 wish come true–while keeping the process fun and uplifting, not daunting. Life’s too short to wait on the universe to grant your wishes.

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The Little Book of Big Knowing by Michele Sammons

The Little Book of Big Knowing by Michele Sammons

If you have ever wondered about the big questions in life, it’s time you curl up with The Little Book of Big Knowing. Michele Sammons guides her readers to pick up the book, read any page, and receive inspirational insights. Inside are gentle reminders of why you are here, who you are at your core, and why your dreams matter to more than just you.

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Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Foleo

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Foleo

This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who feels they are at an impasse. Whether it’s their career, finances, or personal lives, this no-nonsense, practical book instills the necessary mindsets to overcome all challenges. The book contains personal stories of triumph who have achieved success using this book’s philosophy, and Marie’s own witty and charming writing leaves the book an easy, digestible read. The title is not just a catchy slogan but a practical series of actionable goals that lead to success. Well worth the read for those stuck in a rut and are struggling to envision success in their future.  (HT: Nina Jensen, Voice, Video, Chat, Contact Center | 8×8)

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Dare to be Influential by Lisa Rehurek

Dare to be Influential by Lisa Rehurek

Dare to be Influential is a glimpse into how to become your true version of being influential.  Being influential gives you the freedom to drive change, lead a vision, and inspire others, all things we need in today’s world. If you are in a leadership role or are an aspiring leader, this book will provide a simple path for being your best influential self. We’re in the influence economy; it’s the most valuable currency there is today. And this book is the master class in how actually to get it.

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Mani/Pedi: A True-Life Rags to Riches Story by Krista Beth Driver.

Mani/Pedi: A True-Life Rags to Riches Story by Krista Beth Driver

This biographical book is about a woman, namely Charlie Vo, who is a refugee from Vietnam. She left everything behind and risked her life and the lives of her two small children to escape from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon. She started a new life in the United States, which flourished and made her wildest dreams into reality. This book will inspire you to achieve your dreams and motivate a generation. (HT: Michelle Devani, Love Devani – All About Love and Relationship)

A Journey Through by Patrina Larmond 

A Journey Through by Patrina Larmond 

This is a personal story of traveling from the countryside of a poor community on Jamaica, the island, to becoming a doctor of pharmacy and learning that success is defined not by what you do but who you become!

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Best Personal Finance Books for Women

Money is power. To be influential or make a difference, you need to have your financial life in order. You can get started with these best personal finance books for women written by women.

 

The 7 Fruits of Budgeting by Roslyn Lash

The 7 Fruits of Budgeting by Roslyn Lash

This book explains the importance of budgeting and personal finances. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to get started and gives suggestions on how to save, build credit, reduce debt, and develop a spending plan. It aids the reader in taking hold of their money, implementing a plan, and making sure that their goals are aligned with their actions. The book does exactly what it says. Following the instructions will lead to a more abundant life. (HT: Dr. Wycondia West)

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Route 529: A Parent's Guide to Saving for College and Career Training with 529 Plans by Patricia A. Roberts,

Route 529: A Parent’s Guide to Saving for College and Career Training with 529 Plans by Patricia A. Roberts
This essential and easy-to-understand financial planning guide for those with future students in their lives is written by a mom who has helped tens of thousands of parents avoid millions of dollars in student loan debt over the past two decades. With student loan debt at over $1.6 trillion in the U.S. and with 65% of Americans unfamiliar with 529 college savings plans, this book provides valuable information that is greatly needed.
Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry

As a generation, Millennials have gotten the short end of the financial stick. They’re less financially literate than previous generations, and the financial crisis that hit when they were in or graduating college set them up for an early struggle. Broke Millennial offers financial literacy in a conversational, easy-to-digest tone that takes the fear and dread out of things like budgeting, credit, and retirement. (HT: Carter Seuthe, Vice President of Content, Credit Summit)

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

You can achieve great things – and it starts with working on your self-confidence and asking for what you want. This book talks a lot about believing in yourself and building confidence. Many of us lack the confidence to ask for what we truly want, so the idea of faking it until we make it comes into play. Overall, it’s an easy read that will help you  start working towards asking what for what you feel is fair  (HT: Tana Williams, DebtFreeForties.com)

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Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money by Barbara Stanny

Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money by Barbara Stanny
“Prince Charming Isn’t Coming” is not your typical financial fare. In this heartfelt and informative book, the author weaves together practical advice, inspiring anecdotes, and her own poignant experiences, along with savvy, practical checklists of steps to help you begin your journey immediately. It tackles the cautionary tale of basing your financial hopes on a man or from someone superior to you. It also dwells on the common interpersonal and psychologically relevant reasons why more women are afraid of money.  (HT: Alicia Hough,  The Product Analyst)
The Women’s Guide to Successful Investing: Achieving Financial Security and Realizing Your Goals by Nancy Tengler
This book gives you simple and easy to comprehend advice for long-term success. It includes strategies, analysis, and secrets of a women entrepreneur. That’s why it’s a must-read book for someone who wants to study the principles of investing. Providing proven wealth accumulation strategies, tailored advice, and comprehensive market analysis, this book is a must-read for female investors who want to master volatile markets with long-term success.
Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes  And Create The Life You Really Want by Kate Northrup
Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes  And Create The Life You Really Want by Kate Northrup
This is part of my women’s book recommendation lists since it tackles step-by-step exercises that address emotional and practical aspects of financial life. It helps women understand and figure out personal perceptions of money and wealth and change them for the better. You will learn how to break patterns that hold you back from earning and saving.
If you love your family, save like it by Nicole Peterkin
 If You Love Your Family, Save Like It by Nicole Peterkin
Growing up, Nicole Peterkin saw how her dad, a successful chemical engineer, did all the “right” things and still wasn’t living the kind of lifestyle that his multi-six-figure income could have provided. He loved his family, but he didn’t know how to save it. Now, Nicole is on a mission to help you put your money to work for you—and your family.
In this book, you’ll learn exactly why the conventional wisdom we’ve all been taught doesn’t work anymore and how to create a strategy for your money so you can achieve your desired lifestyle both today and in the future.
Spend Well, Live Rich by Michelle Singletary
Spend Well, Live Rich by Michelle Singletary
This book is an excellent read if you’re looking to learn better spending habits with your money. Singletary takes a no-nonsense approach to her writing, which can sometimes also come across as amusing, helping you to stay invested in the book and learn about the ins and outs of managing money. Singletary also speaks about all the stresses that come with finances and how to overcome them by looking at them in a more straightforward light.  (HT: George Birrell, TaxHub)

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Women & Money by Suze Orman

Women & Money by Suze Orman

Every woman should read Women & Money because as a driven career woman, it doesn’t matter how much money you make or how tall you climb the ladder if you do not learn how to be responsible with money. I absolutely love Suze’s no-nonsense approach to personal finances, that knowledge over your finances leads to more power and control over your life as a whole. As someone who has always been a strong proponent of personal finance and women owning their destiny, this book is not only a huge eye-opener, it’s life-changing. (HT: Harriet Chan, CocoFinder)

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Inspirational Books for Women

Are you looking to be inspired by women? Look, no further. This collection of books by these amazing women are sure to inspire you to be the best you can be.

walk your to better by joyce shulman

Walk Your Way to Better by Joyce Shulman

This is a book about walking your way to better. Everywhere you turn, people, podcasts, and gurus promise a simple path to the life you want. But few of them work. Why? Because merely reading the words is rarely enough to call your heart and mind to action. This book is different. Each section provides a thought-starter, insight, or story.

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Say YES Everyday! Discovering Your Superpower by  Laura J. Brandao

Say YES Everyday! Discovering Your Superpower by  Laura J. Brandao

This book explores how anyone can discover their own personal superpower if they commit to living each day with positive intention.  A successful mortgage executive who has captivated live audiences with her “Say YES Everyday!” mindset, Laura shares inspiring personal stories, providing us with a north star for living one day at a time, with open arms and without a second thought. 
 Break Those Damn Rules by Lynn Erasmus
This is an intimate journey of self-discovery and life lessons learned. It is not only about success and money, but Lynn talks about several businesses that she ran: tips, and advice, things to avoid, and what to look out for. Additionally, you will find 40 life lessons, a 21-day worksheet that will help you break bad habits, inside tips on entrepreneurship, and so much more.

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 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Lindsey Vanderkam

 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Lindsey Vanderkam

Can women have it all?  It’s been endlessly debated over the years. Can women have a successful career, an amazing family life, a healthy lifestyle, and have fun? Vanderkam’s answer: Hell, yes! But it doesn’t just happen. You have to use your time wisely. In 168 Hours, she dives deep into the numbers to prove that your dream life is completely possible.

By looking at your week in hour-long chunks, Vanderkam will convince you to take a hard look at how you spend your time. Better yet, she’ll help you shift things around to ensure that you live your best life.  (HT: Lily, FindingBalance.Mom)

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 The Little Golden Secrets to Get Anything You F***in’ Want

 The Little Golden Secrets to Get Anything You F***in’ Want by Pazit Perez
This book speaks of the creative process of creation Perez discovered in her studio as an Award-winning Portrait photographer. She turned her “average” life into her dream wealthy lifestyle and coached many clients in applying the SAME  process. No matter what circumstances you’re facing, you can live your life the way you picture it to be.  Use her no-nonsense, simple-to-follow creative process that will empower you to create your reality and achieve it for yourself. Start again and give your dreams another shot.

LAUNCHING WHILE FEMALE: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back

LAUNCHING WHILE FEMALE: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back by Susanne Althoff

This book examines entrepreneurship’s gender gap and is based on 100+ interviews with women and nonbinary entrepreneurs across the country and many industries. It explores which hurdles these founders most commonly faced and the ways they found success. The book shows what we stand to gain from an entrepreneurial space that is more inclusive and equitable — a stronger economy, more jobs, more innovation — and the steps all of us can take to achieve this.

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Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead  by Tara Mohr
This book is great for all working women, whether they are c-suite executives, public figures, working a menial job, running their own business, or self-employed. While not all women aspire to end up in the corner office, every woman aspires to something. Playing Big fills a major gap among women’s career books; it isn’t just for corporate women. The book offers tools to help every woman play bigger–whether she’s an executive, community volunteer, artist, or stay-at-home mom.  (HT: Valentina Lopez, HappinessWithout)

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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before?: Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business by Marcella Allison 

Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before? Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business by Marcella Allison 

The description of this book is: “From solopreneurs to multimillion-dollar success stories, this book is a collection of over 60 letters from women who know exactly what it takes to run a business. Providing inspiration and lessons, it’s a great one to dip in and out of when you need a business boost.”

This book is so great because it covers so many different women entrepreneurs, success stories, and various scenarios. This is a collection of extraordinary stories that any aspiring or determined businesswoman can learn and grow from. (HT: Lindsey Allard, CEO, and Co-Founder of PlaybookUX)

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The Work of Art by Heidi Luerra

The Work of Art by Heidi Luerra

Luerra is a true creative entrepreneur and has started many different businesses, and she has a lot of practical advice for people who are starting from the beginning. It’s also written with a lot of humor and vulnerability. She doesn’t just talk about her successes. She openly talks about what didn’t work and why so that the reader understands what to watch out for and the value of mistakes as learning experiences. The book also includes exercises that help someone who is thinking about starting a business work through some of the biggest pain points in a proactive way.

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Joy Seeker: Let Go of What’s Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Were Made For by Shannon Kaiser

Joy Seeker by Shannon Kaiser

You may sometimes feel tired of chasing your dreams or fulfilling expectations that other people have for you. If so, you should no longer hide your ‘true self’ and start to discover your strengths. To do this, I think you need something that can motivate you through the journey to find your inner power. Pick up this book and read to unleash your power
and pluck up your courage to actualize your goals. (HT: Jill, Constant Delights)

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Career Books for Women

Here are the best career books written by women. Every woman who wants to up their game and do better in their career should read one of these career books.

You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career by Ashley Stahl

You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career by Ashley Stahl
This is not another generic career guide asking you to “follow your passion.” Stahl has created a blueprint that really helps you hone in to find what you want from your professional life. Even if you love your current work situation, this book can help illuminate your path. Her eleven chapters are easy to follow and full of content that you can put into action. It’s a book you’ll want to own and revisit every couple of years. (HT: Ilir Salihi, Income Insider)

Saddle Up Your Own Horse by Saundra Pelletier

Saddle Up Your Own Horse by Saundra Pelletier

Evofem Biosciences CEO and stage III breast cancer survivor Saundra Pelletier wrote her book Saddle Up Your Own White Horse about taking the reins when it comes to your own happiness and success. She argues that women have all the power, knowledge, and confidence necessary to create the life they want without relying on a man to do it for them. This book emphasizes the need to learn the innate gifts women have and live deliberately today. Saundra also shares her wisdom as a healthcare professional in the C-suite and how she got there by uplifting and empowering women.

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Nice Girls Still Don't Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel, PhD.

Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D.

Dr. Frankel draws on years of research about men, women, business, communication, and finances and distills it into short, actionable steps women can take to be more successful, negotiate for more money, and take charge of their professional and financial life.  (HT: Dr. Jaime Hough. These C’s Make PhDs)
#GIRLBOSS by SophiaAmoruso

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up, and when to let your freak flag fly. (HT: Samiksha S Rawool, Yummy Tummy Recipes)

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Playing for Keeps – How a 21st century businesswoman beat the boys By Therese Allison

Playing for Keeps – How a 21st-century Businesswoman Beat the Boys by Therese Allison

This is an authentic and encouraging self-help memoir by an author who truly wants to help both women and men succeed in life and business. Born into a family of humble means, Allison openly shares how she knew nothing about her business (insurance/healthcare) when she first started. She then takes you through her fearless journey with tips on how she broke the glass ceiling in a mostly “man’s world,” became financially independent by 38, and retired at age 43 to spend quality time with her three children. Pulling from her inner strengths, Allison explains how playing high school sports and assuming more responsibility as a teen taught her the importance of winning! (HT: Liz H Kelly, Author of 8-Second PR)

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Shery Sandberg, CEO Of Facebook, writes this book to address various female thoughts and behaviors in the workplace that all women experience but don’t really talk about too often.  This book was so easy to read because her style of writing is very casual. It’s almost like she’s chatting with you over coffee with examples using her friend’s or colleagues’ personal experience or experiences.  Some of them are very funny (because they’re true), and some of them made me think, “wow, I never thought of it that way.” I found myself highlighting in my book and making notes on things I don’t want to forget.  (HT: Joshua, WipeLock)
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Corcoran talks about her journey of how she created her own billion-dollar business. This is an inspirational success story that will motivate readers and inspire them to start their own businesses. (HT: Sonya Schwartz Founder @ Her Norm)
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-ass Boss without losing your Humanity  by Kim Scott
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity  by Kim Scott
This book shows how you can manage your employees in a way that you can gain their loyalty and respect. It also explains how you can build a workplace culture that can make your employees stay and motivated to do their best to work and contribute to the company’s success. (HT: Jacob J. Sapochnick, Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick)

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A Black Woman's Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life by Jennifer Farmer and Nina Turner

First and Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life by Jennifer Farmer and Nina Turner

It is not just about how to lean in or how to discover the irrefutable laws of leadership. It’s about how to heal so you can sustain work for justice and equity. It’s about finding personal and social redemption–and leading others to find it too.

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Ladies Get Paid by Claire Wasserman 

Ladies Get Paid by Claire Wasserman 

This book comes as an empowering guide to provide you with the tools to strategically navigate the workplace, achieve success, and become a true leader. It is a reminder that you are valuable—both as an individual woman and as part of the female community.

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Power Moves by Lauren McGoodwin

Power Moves by Lauren McGoodwin

This is the essential handbook that helps professional women truly feel understood so they can bypass perfection and planning and head straight to evolving. McGoodwin addresses young professional’s number-one concern. (HT, Robin Madeline, Home – RankSoldier)

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Spinach In Your Boss's Teeth: Essential Etiquette for Professional Success by Arden Clise

Spinach In Your Boss’s Teeth: Essential Etiquette for Professional Success by Arden Clise

Have you ever been stymied by a sticky situation—like what to say to a boss with spinach in her teeth or how to introduce someone whose name you’ve forgotten? Whether you’re seeking answers to modern workplace dilemmas or want more success in your interactions with others, Spinach in Your Boss’s Teeth is a practical etiquette guide for today’s professionals.

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Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

This book is mind-blowing. If you want to get mad, angry, and then inspired, you must read this book. I love it! I really recommend it to everyone. Even though this is not specifically motivating or business, career, or money-related, it is one of the best books for women written. It is strangely empowering as well. This is a must-read!

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Best Books for Women Written By Women

I obviously hope you purchase some of these books to read, but if that doesn’t fit in your budget, you should check the book out from your local library. Requesting books at a library and then checking them out supports authors and encourages libraries to order more books by women to help female authors.

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Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.

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