In this day and age, it’s still tough to be a woman. There are a lot of expectations women are assumed to meet. There are stereotypes who dub women as weak, small, and limited to the house. Then there’s toxic masculinity that prevents women from achieving what they want and deserve. In this day and age, being a woman is still hard.
But there are some who broke the barrier, found their voice, and reached their dreams. These are the women who saw their weaknesses and destroyed them. These are the women who found their strengths and used them. These are the women who realized their power.
If you feel like you need a pick-me-up or a push to keep going and break barriers, there are a lot of books that can help. Here are 10 of the best motivational books by women and for women.
9 Best Motivational Books For Women
1. Becoming (Michelle Obama)
Memoirs aren’t just made to tell you about the life of a person because they’re famous. They can also give great lessons. They also show how that person became famous, all their trials and triumphs, all their pains and successes. That’s what Michelle Obama did in her book Becoming.
Michelle Obama, lawyer, activist, former US first lady, wife, and mother, is one of the most respected and influential women in the world. In her memoir, she talks about her past, how she overcame her struggles, and how she found her voice. She also uses her voice and power in a number of advocacies. Education is the most notable one.
How does her book motivate women? Well, she is one of the most respected and influential people in the world. She discussed her life and how she became the woman she is today in her book. Her memoir can teach women a thing or two about life and struggles. She also shows her power and how she handled and used it for good.
2. WorkParty: How To Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams (Jaclyn Johnson)
WorkParty is sort of like a memoir and guidebook rolled into one book. Focused on business building, the book shows women who want to take the lead in the business world how it’s done. The author, Jaclyn Johnson, shares her story of how she created a business, how that business became successful, and how that business failed. She shows how she got back up on her feet, took the world by the reins, and made an empire. She adds some tips and tricks for women whose dream it is to lead their own enterprise.
Jaclyn Johnson got a second shot at success. The first time around, her successful company crumbled because of some decisions her business partner made. She sold her company and “broke up” with her business partner. Now, she’s made Create & Cultivate, an online platform aimed to help women start and shape their careers.
Why is WorkParty a must-read for career-oriented women? The person who wrote it is now a successful woman who wants to help other women reach their dreams. Everything in the book has been tried and tested. If you want to build a career, give this book a read.
3. Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential (Amber Rae)
Life is never simple; it’s never easy. Even the rich and powerful have some off-days, when they don’t see the point in life anymore. We all have our fears and insecurities. We all have our doubts and fears. Choose Wonder Over Worry is here to help make sense of it all. It’s filled with stories and lessons about how to turn a negative into a positive. It explains how to let go of worrying and focus on the magic of life. It opens your mind to see how your talents are amazing and how they can be used for good. It helps women realize that worrying will not get them anywhere. It helps women realize that seeing wonder and magic will not only bring success but happiness as well.
The multi-talented Amber Rae wrote this book. She’s not only an author but a graphic artist and motivational speaker. She works to promote the idea of expressing and loving yourself. She’s basically a friend who’s there to hype you up and guide you to be the best person you can be.
The book isn’t just a simple pick-me-up read to gain self-confidence. It teaches you how to explore your talents and use them for the betterment of you and the world. It guides you in life by telling you to stop worrying and start appreciating the smaller things. You won’t realize how far you’ve come if you’re stuck.
4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Jen Sincero)
You Are a Badass is the right amount of funny and inspiring. It’s filled with lessons from stories, advice, and exercises to help readers realize how great they are or can be. It’s centered on how to terminate self-destructive attitudes and make your life the best.
Jen Sincero is a traveling author, success coach, and motivational speaker who has helped countless people improve and transform their lives. She uses her own life story of going from being a broke 40-year-old to a now successful woman to get people to wake up and change.
This book will not only make you realize your self-worth but magnify the love for yourself. It will show you how to let go of everything holding you down and start taking life by the reins. It will show you how to be successful in all aspects of the word.
5. Women Who Think Too Much: How To Break Free of Overthinking and Reclaim Your Life (Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D.)
Based on science and research, Women Who Think Too Much explains what overthinking is. It also shows why women who do it can develop some mental disorders, like depression and anxiety. It also explains why overthinking prevents women from enjoying life and becoming successful.
Research in the book shows that more than half the women in the study think too much. However, in the book, too, is how women can overcome this problem. There are lists of strategies to end the negative thought cycle and start enjoying life for what it is.
In her life, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema studied the mental health and well-being of women. She was a psychologist and psychology professor at Yale University. She’s written research papers and books, all centered on women and their mental welfare. She’s garnered prestigious awards in her lifetime, both for teaching and her research.
They include the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, the Leadership Award from the Committee on Women of the APA, and a Research Career Award from the National Institute for Mental Health, just to name a few.
6. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person (Shonda Rhimes)
Another memoir by someone famous, Year of Yes tells the story of writer and producer Shonda Rhimes. It illustrates what she was like before taking the challenge. She was creative but quiet. She was an introvert. She was shy. She had panic attacks. She was scared. Then, the book shows the Shonda after she said yes to almost everything.
When you hear the name Shonda Rhimes, three shows immediately come to mind: Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal. Those are just some of the many shows Shonda has created, written, and produced. She’s also a film writer. She co-wrote Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Shonda is also a mother to three. There’s almost nothing she can’t do now that she’s saying yes.
Year of Yes shows the transformation of a timid person to a confident and empowered woman by saying yes to everything. This book will teach you to not be afraid and show you what you’re missing when you stay in your head too much. Shonda Rhimes shows us how to become powerful by letting go of fears and taking control of life.
7. Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness (Melissa Dahl)
Funny, entertaining, inspiring, and educational, Cringeworthy explores the world of awkwardness and cringeworthy experiences when author Melissa Dahl falls curious as to why these things happen. Full of her embarrassing stories, this book tells why they happen: to grow.
Melissa Dahl is no stranger to the simple science of the world. She’s the editor of New York Magazine’s Science of Us, so yes, she’s had her fair share of experiments. After being intrigued by the science behind awkward encounters, she decides to explore and dig a little deeper.
This book isn’t just here for laughs. It’s here to show that it’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to flop, it’s okay to be embarrassed. What this book wants to teach is that we experience them to learn. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from your flops. In the end, you’ll grow to be a better human being.
8. How To Be A Bawse (Lilly Singh)
Lilly Singh teaches us what it means to be a lady boss. In a world run by male dominance, the book shows us how to become an empowered and successful woman. Using her own stories and experiences, Lilly explains what a boss is: confident, genuine, determined, and smart.
There are a lot of words to describe what Lilly Singh does: YouTuber, influencer, content creator, actor, late night talk show host. Whatever you call her, know she is successful and a boss. She first got attention from her YouTube channel, iiSuperwomanii, which now has 14.9 million subscribers. Full of funny skits, great music, and inspirational messages, it’s no wonder Lilly shot to fame. Her online personality landed her acting roles and is now a late night talk show on cable TV, A Little Late with Lilly Singh.
A funny but inspiring book of how to handle life, How To Be A Bawse illustrates that life has no shortcuts. Everything we want needs to be worked for because nothing worth it comes easy.
9. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media (Aliza Licht)
Speaking from experience, Aliza Licht tells you what it’s really like in the modern business world. Another book that’s a mix of a biography and a guidebook, Leave Your Mark is full of stories about what it’s like to start your career and advice on how to make it in that world.
Aliza Licht has made her name in fashion as a communications executive. Now, she is president and CEO of her own company, Leave Your Mark LLC, a consultancy focusing on communications, digital strategy, and creative brand marketing. Her creative and strategic mind can land her in any job in the fields of fashion, beauty, technology, and media. She’s a speaker and has been featured in The New York Times.
Books are not just a medium to escape reality. Some books are tools to get across an important message. Some are there to remind women of their power and what they should do to reclaim it. Sometimes, all you need to take over the world is motivation and belief in yourself.
Books can be a powerful tool to motivate women to break free from the norm. They can teach us how to take control or let go. They can tell us what to do to live the life we deserve.