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The Best Books For Female Empowerment In 2020

33 Books Every Woman Should Read

Discover how to exude confidence and love yourself in 2020 with one of our top recommended books perfect for woman who are looking to make a positive change. From professional and personal advice to quick reads offering a different perspective, there’s something great waiting for everyone in the list below, take a look.  


Nice Girls don’t get the corner office by Lois Frankel

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Most of us still have some girly habits that we formed as teenagers but don’t realise how they sabotage our careers. This book points out behaviours from our youth that we carried into later life and how they are holding us back. Frankel inspires readers to be more confident, assertive and get noticed.


Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

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This book really opened my eyes to the incredibly varied and multi-faceted female experience of sex. I had so many ‘Aha!’ moments that helped me feel more connected to my body and my pleasure, and more informed about my enjoyment of sex. I recommend this book to all my female clients for it’s straightforward yet profound approach to female sexual empowerment.


Words to Live By by Jade Purple Brown

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This visually stunning book is filled with Jade Purple Brown’s custom illustrated typography, alongside her bold, colorful illustrations of women, nature, and more. A smart, positive, empowering collection of quotes by female role models with the ultimate gift for women to women: mom-to-daughter, daughter-to-mom, friend-to-friend along with Jade Purple Brown’s modern and cool illustration style illuminates these uplifting and positive quotes by remarkable women. Keep this lovely book close at hand (or out on the coffee table) for a dose of strength and inspiration, whenever you need it.


You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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You Are a Badass is an honest self-help book that lets women realize how in control they really are with their lives. Oftentimes, we doubt ourselves with what we can really do, so we end up dimming our light and sabotaging our own dreams. This book has an in-your-face tone that drops truth bomb after truth bomb about how amazing you really are. It tells you that you need to start taking action towards what you want in life, and that you can most definitely live a life beyond your dreams. Its core message stays resonant even after you’ve finished the book, and I believe many women today are hustling towards their goals and staying true to their purpose because of this book.


50 Things You Need to Know About Periods by Claire Baker

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I have followed Claire on Instagram for a while now and her content around periods is the perfect balance of inspiring and informative. When her first book came out I immediately pre-ordered it and it hasn’t disappointed! Women are rarely taught everything there is to know about their cycle and there are some true gems to be found within this period bible. The section I have found the most empowering is around living in sync with your flow. Did you know the 9-5 job is best suited to a male? Because of our cycles, we experience bursts of energy at different times throughout the day and therefore a female is more likely suited to working earlier or later in the day. There are also four seasons to your monthly cycle, not just the bleeding part! When your body ovulates and gets ready for your period, you experience highs and dips in energy, mood, the need for socialisation and need for slow movement. This book really inspires you to be in tune with your cycle and align your productivity levels with it.


Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

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Men explain things to me by Rebecca Solnit is an amazing set of essays. I like this style of reading because you can pick and choose which parts you read and when. It makes reading an even more laid back and flexible activity. It’s funny, witty and the perfect remedy for anyone that’s fed up with mansplaining.


The Secrets of Hattie Brown by Barbara Brown Gathers

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I am the author of this book. It is the product of over thirty years of genealogical research and study of American history as it has impacted the lives of African Americans. The novel is historical fiction but is based upon the lives of my grandmother (Hattie Brown) who died in 1931, and my great grandmother (Eliza Cowen) who was born into enslavement and died in 1922. Both women experienced challenges and hardships but faced them with brevity and grace. Two passionate, powerful females, who lived during a time which was very challenging for African Americans.


Evolution of Goddess by Emma Mildon

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By examining goddess myths, folklore, and archetypes, Mildon seeks to encourage her readers to look within themselves to find their own inner goddess. For someone who wants a light-hearted book with colloquial prose to help them explore their femininity, this one is it.


The Secrets of Hattie Brown by Barbara Brown Gathers

This product was recommended by Barbara Brown Gathers from BarbaraBrownGathers

I am the author of this book. It is the product of over thirty years of genealogical research and study of American history as it has impacted the lives of African Americans. The novel is historical fiction but is based upon the lives of my grandmother (Hattie Brown) who died in 1931, and my great grandmother (Eliza Cowen) who was born into enslavement and died in 1922. Both women experienced challenges and hardships but faced them with brevity and grace. Two passionate, powerful females, who lived during a time which was very challenging for African Americans.


PROMISE WOMEN’S GLOBAL DEVOTIONAL by Daughters of Promise

This product was recommended by Dr. Kimberly Ellison from Sparkle Publishing

I’m suggesting this book because 130 women global leaders from all over the world came together to share their stories in this newly released title along with advice on how to power through and overcome. Topics range from business/entrepreneurship, professional, mental health, mental illness, marriage, singleness, grief, spiritual growth and more. Through all 130 of the stories, women will be empowered and will be able to find themselves in the realness and candid stories of the women — however, they’ll be encouraged as there was deliverance, success and so much more on the other side. Each chapter ends with reflective questions for both professional and personal growth.


Living your Life in Reverse by ruth lucy

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Living Your Life in Reverse is a powerful and timely read. It’s designed to encourage many to live healthy lifestyles in order to curb obesity, save the environment, reconnect with nature and make healthy foods for healthy living. Readers will be challenged to take a look at the decisions they make, revamp and revitalize their lives. With topics that cover the benefits of growing your own food, soaking up the sun, and eating healthy fats, Lucy Ruth does a phenomenal job sharing facts about the state of the world during a pandemic. Her compelling reasoning behind why we should live life as our ancestors helps the readers to shift their perspective on living a more meaningful life. Using anecdotes based on her grandmother’s journey who lived in rural Zimbabwe without electricity, readers will get a realistic understanding of what it’s like to grow old in North America vs Africa, as well as the importance of being connected to your community. This life-changing read is a wake-up call to the world on how we need to reset our lives in reverse. Sometimes taking one step back, can push us two steps closer to the life we’re intended to live.


Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

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While a quick read, this book had a big impact, helping me look at my life from a different perspective. Focused on growing older, family relationships, and memories, I’ve thought about it often in the year and a half since I read it.


Shortcut Your Startup by Carter Reum

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Technically this is a book about how to build your startup, but what Carter and Courtney actually deliver are tactics and strategies to be more successful at life. It’s all about breaking down the pieces of any project and building back up to something greater. In addition, the illustrations they use to make their point are fascinating and fresh.


It Takes What It Takes by Trevor Moawad

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Trevor is clear. Nothing comes easy. In order to achieve your dreams, you have to put in the work. He also does a great job if illustrating that the path to getting there may change and you have to be ready to adapt to whatever comes your way.


The 7 Key Principles to Tap into the Wealth Inside You by Dr. Cali Estes

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Dr. Cali Estes is a forerunner in women’s empowerment and creating a life you want from within. She overcame her father putting a gun to her head and serious abuse to not only put herself through college, get a PHD and start 5 companies and make 8 figures. She is an inspiration to overcoming limiting beliefs and created this book to help other women overcome limiting beliefs, make peace with money and create a vision board and roadmap to get where you want to go.


Tell Her She’s Lovely by Dhara Singh

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This is a three chapter anthology of poems that showcases a South Asian millennial women’s journey from seeking external validation for switching into an unorthodox career, letting toxic relationships go and eventually trusting her inner compass. For women who don’t necessarily fit society’s status quo, this is a refreshing read that makes one feel like they’re at home.


Achieve with Grace by Theresa Lambert

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So many women are trapped in the belief that in order to be successful you have to work more and harder. To constantly make personal sacrifices in the name of success. If you are an ambitious and driven woman who feels pressure to measure your success by validation or external results, it’s time to transform the way you work and live. This isn’t another book about productivity, instead it is a powerful actionable guide to help you create a balanced, energy-saving approach to achieving success at work and empowering you to live your best life – the elegant way.


Eleven minutes by Paolo Coehlo

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This book I am talking about is Eleven minutes by Paolo Coehlo. This book talks about the journey of the female protagonist and how society looks down on someone who had a hard time following society’s moral compass. Women usually feel less of the person they are because of sexual issues such as clothing, virginity, and the like, and I believe empowering women should not be selective. Women should not be judged by the clothes they wear or the choices they made. Women should be empowered in all ways, no matter their culture, race or background is, and this is what Eleven minutes is all about.


The Shimmering – Dark Descent by A. k. Crook

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In the city of Saint Anthony, there is a realm of existence unknown to most mortals. Far below this urban landscape, in the cavernous bowels of the Underworld, Sinda journeys to discover fantastical lands, strange cultures — and herself.

When she is snatched from her homeland and thrust into the civilized world of humans, she comes face-to-face with the hardest quest she has ever encountered – find her way home or follow her heart.

Is the choice even hers?

A unique storytelling experience, with hints of global folklore, magick, psychology and dream theory. With compelling characters that lure you into their lives, a fresh and spontaneous approach to contemporary romance, and the exploration of the duality that exists within us all, this insightfully original Visionary Novella promises to satisfy fans of the Urban Fantasy genre — both seasoned and new.


Resurrection Lily by Amy Byer Shainman

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Resurrection Lily may just save your life or the life of someone you love. What does having a BRCA gene mutation mean, and what does it feel like to have a BRCA gene mutation? In Resurrection Lily, the science behind BRCA intertwines alongside the author’s personal story creating a medical memoir that entertains, educates, and empowers women. Honest and vulnerable, while balancing the weighty topic of cancer with humor, this award-winning memoir equips the reader with knowledge about hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, and genetic testing.


Confident Introvert by Stephanie Thoma

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In Confident Introvert, Stephanie Thoma shows you the key steps you’ll need to take to unlock your potential and win at networking. Within these pages, you’ll discover strategies that go beyond collecting business cards to find your natural confidence and connect with anyone. Confident Introvert will help you build new friendships at online and in-person events for priceless career growth.


The Feminist Financial Handbook by Brynne Conroy

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This is one of my favorite books, especially for those just starting out on their financial journeys. Brynne goes through the reasons why women’s personal financing is wildly different from men as well as general economic gender inequality. It is one of the most informative books I have read and I wish I had known about it when I was starting to build my own wealth.


I Need Your Love – Is That True? by Byron Katie

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Through self inquiry, a tool mentioned throughout the book, you will be empowered to dismantle the thoughts that cause you suffering. Before reading this book, I didn’t realize that I could question my own thoughts. This book has empowered me to find peace in any circumstance by asking four simple questions. I can’t recommend this book enough.


The Five-Year Marriage by Annmarie Kelly

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There’s a better way to do I DO. The better way is to forget the ’til death mandate and, instead, live marriage in chunks (five years). It allows for regularly rethinking, reorganizing, and resetting your marriage to reflect the changes in you, your life, and your relationship. This new I Do focuses on maintaining Personal Power – which, for too many women, is something they give up in marriage for the sake of the relationship. Much of that power-loss focuses on the lack of shared responsibilities and loss of mutual respect. While some issues are different for stay-at-home moms and women who work outside the home – the end result is the same – they feel alone and are resentful at a very deep level. They also live with an unspoken fear – a lack of emotional safety – which definitely messes with love.The Five-Year Marriage shows women – and the men who love them – how to make agreements that work now and are reset on a regular basis for the love and happiness of themselves and their most important relationship. This book will change the way you think about your life, love, and your marriage/relationship.


Herstory By Katherine Halligan

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The accomplishments of the women from around the world that are featured in this book are inspirational. Real-life examples of women overcoming obstacles and fighting to pave the way for future generations of women fill this book. Each story offers a glimpse into an influential woman’s life and these stories can help females of any age gain confidence and empowerment.


An Intro-Guide to a Sex Positive You by Yael Rosenstock

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This is a great book for those looking to reflect on their sexual lives, and learn more about themselves and their sexual partners. The inclusive and affirming tone is so needed in our culture of simultaneous hypersexualization and sex shaming. Though the book is written for anyone, the author’s narratives and voice speak most directly to women seeking to release self-blame, shame, and guilt to embrace their empowered sexuality.


Do You Have Kids? by Kate Kaufmann

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Not everyone will end up having children. Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No (She Writes Press 2019) explores how lives of the childless and childfree women are impacted over the course of their lifetimes, from friendship and defining family to what they leave behind when they die. Weaving together stories from women aged twenty-four to ninety-one with both her own story and a growing body of research, author Kate Kaufmann brings to light alternate routes to lives of meaning, connection, and joy.


Depression Hates a Moving Target by Nita Sweeney

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At 49 years of age, grief-stricken, chronically depressed Nita Sweeney takes up running with her dog in an attempt to find a way out of the darkness. Her running and mental health memoir of pounding the roads with her canine companion will entertain and motivate any reader who has ever fallen into deep despair. Whether or not readers want to follow in her footsteps, they will enjoy reading about her journey.


You Should Be Writing by Brenda Knight

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In a year of landmark events (a pandemic, a revolution, smog-free days in Los Angeles) everyone has a story. There’s never been a better time for women who want to feel empowered to document and explore these historic moments in writing. Brenda Knight and Nita Sweeney have crafted a writing journal to help writers do just that. With author quotes to serve as inspiring and instructive prompts on every page, this journal provides the perfect space. It also makes a fabulous gift.


Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling

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This book inspired me a lot as it presents J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. Its all about how can we embrace failure and how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others.


In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham

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This book motivates me in whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing


Bossypants by Tina Fey

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This book is a mixture of exciting, funny, passionate and occasionally embarrassing experiences that we all probably had once in our lives. After reading this book it naturally feels like some things are just meant to be experienced and without them growing into amazing women as we are today wouldn’t have been this satisfying.


Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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I loved reading this book. It is witty and honest. It talks about how our culture shapes who we are, but at the same time discusses ways we can combat negative culture surrounding women and the way we are identified. I love her blatant honesty and bravery and how she let’s all us women know that sometimes we will be “bad feminists” and it’s ok because we are human, we are not perfect. She supports the idea of being feminine and still a feminist and that the two can co-exist.

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