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Best Feminist Leadership Books To Read

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Leadership Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Though it’s a common answer, it’s who I think of when I think strong women. Her story is incredibly inspiring and her powerful words really come alive and breed inspiration in many others to follow in her footsteps and do the same. Her story also makes us feel like we can achieve great things too as she goes in depth about her humble beginnings and, like the title suggest, becoming a completely transformed person ready to take on the world. It’s a fantastic read and I definitely recommend it.’


The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

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My first career was in investment banking IT. It was male-dominated and full of testosterone. As a woman, I felt I had to be stronger, work harder, and be better just to keep up. I convinced myself that asking for help was a sign of weakness. I was given this book by a friend shortly after I started my own business, and it was a revelation. Launching a business is hard. And, it is impossible to do everything yourself. I had to learn to ask for help and be comfortable accepting it. I still feel that familiar aversion to asking, but with every generous act I experience, it gets easier. And, the karma wheel spins; I now have an incredible network of mutual supporters. We all ask, we all help, and we are all richer for it.


Progress Over Perfection by Emma Norris

This product was recommended by Jennifer Jaden from Gal Media Group

So many people get caught up in a cycle of making sure everything is “perfect” before they are ready to start their business, launch their website etc. When the reality is there is no such thing as perfection. This book puts all of that into an easy to digest, fun way of realizing you just have to take a leap and change your mindset around perfectionism. It can really hinder your success if you aren’t careful! Such a great read with tangible takeaways!


You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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This book is an excellent read for anyone who feels stuck in their lives. To be an effective leader, one needs to be self-aware of what holds them back so they can take control of their lives. You are a Badass helps you realize your limiting beliefs – your doubts and insecurities that keep you from doing what you love. Bringing these things to the surface allows you to challenge them and eliminate them so you can start seeing yourself for who you really are and what you really want. This book helps you to let go of the old stories you tell yourself so you can let go of fear and finally move forward. Jen Sincero really taps into the heart of things, telling you that you just need to DECIDE to go for your goals and start executing them.


Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

This product was recommended by Richa Nathani from Dialed Labs

This book is really about subconscious cognitive biases. In this book , Sandberg does an excellent job of shining light on exactly what is standing in the way of full equality. As a result, this is a short and very readable book, that has inspired me to be more confident and proactive as a woman.


Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

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It’s a total game-changer for any woman who’s in a leadership or management position, but the lessons in this book can be applied to everyday life as well. Brené teaches us how vulnerability is intertwined with courageousness and innovation, how clarity, honesty, and communication are essential over the myth of protecting people’s feelings as a gesture of kindness, how our values can support us during the darkest times, and much more. This book shows us how we as women can tune into our bravery, empathy, vulnerability, and generosity to become powerful leaders. If you’re looking for practical and actionable ways to improve as a female leader or manager, I highly suggest this read!


The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

This product was recommended by Nick Marvik from Northwest Tech

Why? This book is New York Times Best Seller and rightly so as this books revolves on the idea that when you lift up women, you lift up humanity. In this compelling book, Melinda shares lessons that she learned from all the people she met during her work and travel around the world. She not only tells stories but also backs it with startling data to manifest her claims. In the end, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. For leadership, she sums it all with one sentence: When we lift others up, they lift us up, too. This book is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where women are valued and recognized in all spheres of life. This book is a call for unity, inclusion, and connection.


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