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11 Best Feminist Books Written For Women In Business

Outdated business practices still harm women. These books tell you all you need to know.

If you’re a woman working in any sort of business sector, you’ll need these books to get you through the inevitable rough patches that women still experience in the 21st century.

Whether it’s office etiquette or being a single working mom, these books cover it all. If you’ve felt you need something to relate to or if you simply need some guidance on how to navigate the business world, these books have got your backs. We wish every woman in business would read them!

#1 The Fifth Trimester by Lauren Smith Brody

The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby, which has helped thousands of new mothers make the change they need in their workplaces to succeed, stick with their careers, and help correct the Motherhood Penalty, which accounts for 80% of the gender wage gap. And while the book (and my Instagram @thefifthtrimester) are out in the world doing their job to help moms help themselves, I now scale this work by consulting and speaking at businesses and organizations helping them retain and promote women by supporting working parenthood.

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#2 Heels in the Arena by Jamie Brown Hantman

Jamie Brown Hantman is a former high-level White House aide, where she spearheaded work with the U.S. Senate to get two U. S. Supreme Court Justices confirmed. She ran Legislative Affairs for the Department of Justice shortly after 9/11, working with people like Bob Mueller and Ted Olson. And earlier in her career, she spent time on Capitol Hill and on the fabled “K Street.” Heels In The Arena takes readers on a sometimes-humorous journey through all of it, including how Jamie made it to that first rung on the ladder, with advice on how to succeed in politics illustrated with pull-back-the-curtain stories from some of the most significant political events of the past few decades.

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#3 Ladypreneur® Code by Ms Juanika S Dildy

This book levels the playing field for women in business, providing a perspective that will decode the unwritten rules every woman in business should apply to obtain success…unwritten, until now. Some have called it the girl’s guide to the business world. Others refer to it as a success manual. No matter your age, color or creed, women in business are sure to kickstart their journey to success after reading Ladypreneur® Code!

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#4 The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

When I was first starting out with 2400 Expert, and then, Prep Expert, there’s a strong temptation to do everything yourself. No matter how much time it takes, do everything yourself.

We all know that that is unrealistic to do, of course. Reading The 80/20 Principle really reaffirmed that what’s essential for me as CEO is to focus my time on the tasks that best suit my position and maximize our profit potential; staying on task with overall strategy is what I do best now.

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#5 Everything Is Figureoutable By Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo shares personal stories and embarrassing moments, major fails and huge successes and does it all with a humorous spin, a motivational tone and a uniquely practical and positive position that will leave you wanting more! From a smash success Oprah interview to buzzed twitter feuds, Marie uses her own tapestry of experiences to illustrate her teachings and relates to readers with honesty and openness. As business women, entrepreneurs, and just plain people, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic to recommend this read!

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#6 How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen

This book explains some of the researched pitfalls that prevent women from shattering the glass ceiling. Its advice is invaluable to any woman who desires to make meaningful contributions and grow her career.

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#7 The Boss Lady Investor by Krista Goodrich

This is the empowering, entertaining financial literacy book that women have waited WAY too long for. This book finally explains business and finance in a way that is enjoyable for women to read-filled with funny stories and relatable situations. So many business books are written from a man’s perspective, this book shares one woman’s hilarious journey to becoming a successful businesswoman. If you want to be a successful female entrepreneur or business person, you have to have your personal finances on lock first. This is a relatable, entertaining book that breaks down all the financial basics women who know if they want to become Boss Ladies!

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#8 Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

I believe that the first thing any woman in business should develop is confidence and determination. Hollis’ book talks about the barriers that are keeping women from reaching their full potential and what we can do about that. Reading this book is the first step that women in business should make whenever they doubt themselves.

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#9 In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

After receiving this beautiful coffee-table style book as a gift, I started my day by reading one story every morning. It was an inspiring daily ritual that helped keep my attitude about business, failure and problems in perspective. Highly recommend!

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#10 Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Written by the COO (and first female board member) of Facebook, this powerful book explores research on the causes behind and potential solutions to fight gender inequality at work. It’s a useful read for female entrepreneurs, employees, and managers of individuals of any gender.

Lean In highlights the unconscious sexist biases most of us unwittingly hold, and makes practical suggestions for women to achieve equal pay, career progression and meet their professional potential. This booked helped me progress at international professional services firm PwC, and later gave me the courage to set up my own business.

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#11 The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

In Laurens words, its groundbreaking and a classic, published in the early 60’s but more relevant than ever. The book captures the frustrations of women who are still undermined in the corporate boardroom and questions the true meaning and hypocrisy of intellect. It is a real page turner.

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Contributors to this article
Lauren Smith Brody from The Fifth Trimester

Andrea Thatcher from Smith Publicity

Juanika D. Cuthbertson from Ladypreneur® Academy

Shaan Patel from Prep Expert

Shila Morris from Kayandshi

Laura Khalil from Force of Badassery

Krista Goodrich from The Boss Lady Investor™

Liz Brown from Sleeping Lucid

Brookes May from BookswithBrookes

Jessica Warren from Mind Unlocked

Lauren Shanks from Lily Arkwright

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