30 Empowering Books For Young Women

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Looking for advice or an inspiring personal story? This list has you covered with 30 of our favourite books all perfect for young woman in 2020 who are ready to feel empowered again. There’s a huge range of perspectives and topics so you’re bound to find something that matches what you’re looking for, take a look below. 

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

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Rebecca Solnit’s collection of essays begins by recalling a conversation in Aspen with a successful businessman who assumes her opinions are wrong simply because she’s a woman. The book’s essays go on to range from the silly (like “mansplaining”) to the serious (gender equality). Solnit’s opinions about feminism, marriage equality, and our society are nothing less than bold (and sometimes totally necessary) in Men Explain Things to Me. But hey, there’s no use in sugarcoating things, right?

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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This inspiring memoir by one of the most iconic women of our time is presenting a compelling story about Michelle Obama’s life, and the decisions that shaped her along the way. This book is a reflection of a powerful and honest advocate for girls and women in the US, and it unveils public and intimate feelings and journeys. From her childhood to her motherhood experiences, balancing work and personal life, achieving what seemed impossible, and defying expectations, the book is a must-have for any young woman who needs inspiration and guidance.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

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If you already know about Brene Brown, she likes to mix storytelling with science, and this book makes no exception. In a world of spiritual crisis and disconnection, she presents various ways to find true belonging and to find the way back to ourselves. It’s all about the experiences that bring meaning into our lives, and she talks about courage, vulnerability, empathy, and love. This is a powerful book that starts the right conversation about the fear of uncertainty and criticism, and how you can overcome them by becoming your true self. This deep and meaningful conversation is worth having.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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This book is based on the author’s TEDx talk of the same title which garnered over 5 million views. It was also adapted in one of Beyonce’s song entitled Flawless. It talks about feminism and how girls should not be driven by what society wants them to feel or think.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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This is an incredible story of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who dared to speak up and stand up for education in an unforgiving world. The determination to make the world a better place for young girls and fight for their right to education and women’s rights made her a living target for the Taliban in Pakistan. At the age of 17, she became the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize after being shot in the head by the Taliban and surviving. This is an inspiring story of Malala reached many people’s hearts and still manages to open minds today with her philanthropic actions.

One Thousand Wells by Jena Lee Nardella

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What a great empowering story for young females ! I’m sure my understanding of the obstacles encountered is extremely underestimated. This story is a great testimony of what can be accomplished with faith, encouragement, determination and support. One Thousand Wells exhibits true love and compassion for all mankind. iTSan intelligently written book and inspirational for all young females out there.

Success Principles by Jack Canfield

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This book has helped me get into the mindset that I can achieve anything I want with the right attitude. It has helped me and several of my students overcome anxiety, depression, and I’ve used these principles to help many get jobs and promotions!

The Path To Love by Deepak Chopra M.D.

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I read this book a year before I met my husband. I had been exploring the dating scene to find the love I wanted. This book helped me realize there was more love within me. I needed to stop searching, and start appreciating myself. That’s when I began to appreciate others in my life too. It helped me create the love I wanted and surround myself with it as well.

Love, Unpacked by Andi Franklin

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Loving yourself after you’ve been made to feel unloved can be tough. It takes courage. Reading what Andi had experienced and the path she chose made me realize I wasn’t alone, and that I could get through the pain. It’s a guide for the young professional who is looking for a place in this world. Accepting who you are and letting other people see your beauty.

REACH by Lorraine C Ladish

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This book screams determination from a single parent who follows her dreams and continues to work on her passion — writing. People might have tried to discourage her, but she kept going and has made a living with her work.

Capture Your Style By Aimee Song

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This is a great read for anyone interested in building a blog or personal brand. Aimee Song explains how she takes her photographs, and manages her Instagram account and much more!

Spark Change by Jennie Lee

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Change is on everyone’s mind, but it can only occur effectively when your inner state of mind is clear and courageous. In SPARK CHANGE: 108 Provocative Questions for Spiritual Evolution, Jennie Lee provides a 12-phase personal inquiry process to strengthen your vision of what change is needed and how it can be accomplished pro-actively rather than reactively. Inspired by the source teachings of classical yoga, the principles of spiritual psychology, and her own inner journey, SPARK CHANGE delves into some of the most enduring questions of psychology, self-improvement, and the spiritual path.

The book 109 Journal Prompts to Help You Through Major Life Transitions by Andrea Travillian

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One of the best things a young female can do is begin to understand herself and take control over her emotions. The sooner we begin the process of taking full control over our lives, the sooner we get to where we can own our power and live the life of our dreams. This book is great for helping women dig into understanding, and healing. There are 109 journal prompts with guidance to help women reclaim themselves.

The Universe has your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

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This book helps release fears we face and step into our own personal power, bringing us into self confidence and faith that we can achieve our dreams.

Warrior Goddess Training by Heatherash Amara

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Warrior Goddess Training positively impacts self confidence and self worth, stepping into the ultimate version of you. This book helps kick fears, the ego, release the hold of others opinions and ignites the goddess within.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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This book shines light on self awareness, letting go of attachments, allowing personal growth, acceptance, understanding, and motivation.

Promises to Myself by Mary Anne Radmacher

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Promises to Myself is a delightful and delicate language full of wisdom and acknowledge for females. Easy and fast to read, full of motivational and inspirational messages that help women to face the difficult days. I am sure that you will read it from cover to cover in one sitting, other than that, you don’t have to start from page one, you can open any page and read and will find gentle and contemplative ideas.

WOWsdom the girl’s guide to the positive and the possible by Donna Orender

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What happens when the WOW of girls meets the WISDOM of women? Donna Orender and her team at Generation WOW believe that when we live together and learn together, we will lead together. WOWsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible is jam-packed with letters, activities, and no-nonsense advice that celebrates the connection of the WOW of girls and the WISDOM of women. In their letters to themselves, women, men, and girls from all walks of life–artists, athletes, actors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, doctors, scientists, and humanitarians–share their hard-earned wisdom for girls who are seeking guidance and inspiration as they begin their personal and professional journeys. Creating a world where the leaders of today help shape and inspire the leaders of tomorrow is what WOWsdom! is all about. Reason for recommending: WOWsdom! is an essential read for every girl, no matter what age group! This book has inspired me and others to go out and be a better version of myself and to inspire young women to do the same. I recommend this book for anyone who’s looking to be inspired and make an impact in this world.

Today’s Inspired Latina Volume VI by Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz

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Today’s Inspired Latina™ is an award-winning book series of inspiration and hope, a poignant collection of personal stories that will activate your passion. These are success stories that need to be told, to motivate our community for generations to come. By overcoming language barriers, self-doubts and other obstacles in their way, these strong Latinas are a great example of how inspiration and perseverance can lead you to happiness and success in business and life. It’s a positive, empowering read for anyone sitting on a dream and thinking it can’t come true. Today’s Inspired Latina™ shows that it can!

Today’s Inspired Young Latina by Jacqueline S Ruiz

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Inspired by the wildly successful and internationally acclaimed Today’ Inspired Latina series, Today’s Inspired Young Latina offers a compelling, hopeful collection of personal stories from the new generation that will empower the readers to activate their passion, wherever they are in life. With wisdom beyond their years, these young authors show us that age is no obstacle for overcoming adversity and reaching for dreams.

Latinas in Aviation by Jacqueline S. Ruiz

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Latinas in Aviation is a celebration of the rarest women in the industry, told through stories of their triumphs, their falls and their most crowning achievements. Hear from retired veterans as well as new graduates, pilots as well as aeronautical engineers, administrators, military and civilians, all with a unique passion for aviation and its impact on our world. Each author inspires, empowers, entertains and sets the stage for the next generation of Latinas who look to the sky with a dream.

When Dogs Fly by Olga Horvat

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When Dogs Fly is perfect for young females who feel restless and stressed. It can help them take their mind away from the difficult times and access their inner joy, by coloring. This practical meditation guide is truly empowering because it can help young females relieve their tension during this stay-at-home time, and focus them on the positive.

Rad American Women A – Z by Kate Schatz

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This book should be on every pre-teen girl’s reading list. And if you’re older than that, and have never read it, it should be on yours. The illustrations are modern and cool and the subjects range from activists to actors to athletes and more. Girls will learn about strong women rebels and trailblazers that they might not learn about in school. They’ll also learn about being a woman and not letting expectations or stereotypes hold them back.

The Big Book of Less by Irene Smit

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This interactive book is quite a thought provoking read that definitely empowers young females. Surrounding ideals of minimalism, the book discusses what it means to live lighter, and helps you to incorporate simple yet meaningful practices in your routine. It helps us not only declutter physically, with personal written activities to complement the text, but it also helps us to also rid our minds of negative thoughts and declutter our headspace. This is especially helpful for women stepping into their young adulthood as they’re navigating the many facets of their careers, social interests, and personal lives.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Big Magic is a definite must-read for young females everywhere (especially for those with an inclination towards a creative career path). It’s a no non-sense fast-paced read that lays down Gilbert’s sobering positive outlook on life and how that can help you lead a more fulfilling one.

Strong Like Her by Haley Shapley

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For much of history, women weren’t considered physically strong, but today’s soccer stars and gymnasts are changing that belief — although we still have ideas about what women are capable of and what activities are appropriate for them. In Strong Like Her, learn about the women from ancient times to today who have juggled cannonballs and lifted their husbands above their heads and completed marathon swims, all while shattering perceptions about what it means to be strong, The beautiful portraits of 23 modern-day athletes make the book a beautiful gift.

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock is the best book that guided me to find and then accept my true self. I learned that it doesn’t matter where you come from, all that matters is who you truly are.

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

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This book is about the importance of your 20s and how you can take advantage of your youth to build a foundation for your future. It touches on major life aspects such as love, marriage and career. The beauty of this book is that it challenges the young adult to view their 20s as more than the experimental, self-discovery phase. I also love that she encourages young adults not to worry too much about feeling inexperienced and inadequate in their jobs. She argues that its only natural to feel incompetent as experience requires the 10,000-hour rule.

Hannah’s War by Jan Eliasberg

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HANNAH’S WAR is the debut novel byaward-winning screenwriter and film director Jan Eliasberg, taking herlong-standing talent for portraying strong, independent female characters andfor orchestrating fast-paced drama and action on-screen and bringing it to thepage. Based on the life and genius of Jewish-Austrian physicist Lise Meitner, HANNAH’SWAR is Eliasberg’s nuanced answer to those and other important questionsabout scientific discovery, patriotism, morality, love, and loyalty. In givingvoice to Dr. Meitner’s experiences, Eliasberg wanted to correct the historicalrecord and to enable her own daughter and her peers to see that “history isfilled with remarkable women of towering achievement and of deep humanism; weneed only look beyond the authorized texts to see them. I wrote to shine alight on one of these women, and I hope HANNAH’S WAR will be a beaconfor all women.

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