It is true that we have come a long way as a gender. From being forced to stay within our houses to now owning our own business, women have certainly won major points on the game. However, if we look at the figures and the statistics, the truth remains that we may have won a few major battles, but the war against gender inequality rages on. Even today, most women are expected to take care of the house regardless of their position at their jobs. And it does get quite difficult sometimes, doesn’t it? We understand your moments of despair, and that is why we have come up with a list of books that helped us awaken the #GirlBoss in us during our difficult times with the hope that they may help you too. Here’s some ideas for the weekend reading stash you could look into:
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
If you haven’t heard of the brand Nasty Gal, you need to get out more. The cult retail brand has more than 55,000 customers in 60 countries, and is one of the most kitschy fashion brands out there. Sophia Amoruso, the founder and creative director of Nasty Gal, revisits her story in #GIRLBOSS and jots down the do’s and dont’s of how to have your own voice and make sure it’s heard. With an absolutely fantastic voice and even better advice, this is one book you should not miss.
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
Every self-help or career book we have come across tells you how to become better by changing tiny things about yourself. But this one does exactly the opposite. It tells you to embrace yourself as you are and work around your faults instead of trying to fix things that you can’t. The author is also a fantastic motivational speaker. We guess that explains the casual and super-friendly tone of the book.
Wired To Create by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
One of the most revolutionary reads we’ve ever come across has to be Carolyn Gregoire’s post on 18 Things Highly Creatively People Do Differently, which was published on Huffington Post. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman seems to have thought the same way, as he teamed up with Gregoire to expand on the idea of her article and together, they have cultivated what can only be called a literary masterpiece in the form of this book.
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Decades ago, Oprah’s name was synonymous with ‘role model’. Even today, the situation is not very different. What I Know For Sure is a compilation of Oprah’s personal articles in her magazine O: The Oprah Magazine, where she talks about gratitude and curiosity. With this book, the iconic woman shares her experiences and challenges as she takes you one a journey to find yourself.
Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
We absolutely LOVE the title of this book. The book breaks through the gender stereotypes we have been ingrained with since our childhood, and proves to us that being a nice, quiet girl is not the way to win this game. With a list of 101 nice-girl-things that sabotage a woman’s career, this book teaches to get behind getting what you want without being apologetic about it.
I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones
We don’t know about you, but we get tired of boring, preachy self-help guides very easily. We’d rather read something that gets us, connects with us, and speaks directly to us. Alexis Jones does exactly that with this book. The author spends her pages on reminding you about your own awesomeness, and making sure you know to not let any external elements mess with that. Now that’s pretty amazing, don’t you think?
Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!) by George Lois
The Bible for anyone who’s looking for creative and corporate inspiration, Damn Good Advice is very clear about its TG; its states it in the title itself. The author lists down very convincing and clear pointers for how to make it big, and is not subtle about it at all, which makes the book and damn good read too.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
If you’re thinking of starting your own business, you need to read this one. Ben Horowitz discusses all the problems that may come your way in your journey, and gives you a plethora of options on how to combat them. As a budding businessman, this is one book you cannot afford to miss.