Here are 47 books that will surely let you know what women are truly capable of achieving.
Being a strong woman means you’re no longer seeking for approval from a society that will constantly tell you to be something else. It means defining your own strengths.
It is the process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do, and accomplish in a circumstance which they were previously denied.
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1. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do.
In the time of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, international bestselling author and leading global expert on mental strength Amy Morin turns her focus to feminism, explaining what it means—and what it takes—to be a mentally strong woman.
The emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have awakened society and encouraged women to find their voice and claim their power. But to do this, women must learn to improve their own mental strength. Contending with a host of difficult issues—from sexual assault on college campuses, to equal pay and pay gaps, to mastering different negotiation styles—demands psychological toughness. In this crucial book, prominent psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker Amy Morin gives women the techniques to build mental muscle—and just as important, she teaches them what not to do.
What does it mean to be a mentally strong woman? Delving into critical issues like sexism, social media, social comparison, and social pressure, Amy addresses this question and offers thoughtful, intelligent advice, practical tips, and specific strategies and combines them with personal experiences, stories from former patients, and both well-known and untold examples from women from across industries and pop culture. Throughout, she explores the areas women—and society at large—must focus on to become (and remain) mentally strong.
Amy reveals that healthy, mentally tough women don’t insist on perfection; they don’t compare themselves to other people; they don’t see vulnerability as a weakness; they don’t let self-doubt stop them from reaching their goals. Wise, grounded, and essential, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do can help every woman flourish—and ultimately improve our society as well.
2. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
3. The She Book
The She Book is a collection of 107 poems and prose written for you. Because this is your year to live the life of your dreams, to heal, to witness, to be the one who becomes a queen.
Once a silent star in the sky, lost, alone and unnoticed, she began to dream her life awake.
Sensitivity brought light to her dark side and vulnerability found words for what her heart felt but could not say.
Pain helped her remember the power within her storm, the wisdom in her breakdowns and the healing visions hidden within her moonlit nightmares.
On her journey to shine from within her deepest ache, she blossomed from what felt like an insignificant twinkle to a blazing awakening woman.
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
5. Healing the Soul of a Woman: How to Overcome Your Emotional Wounds
Can a woman who has been deeply hurt by life’s circumstances be healed, heart and soul? If she has been wounded by a man she loved and trusted, can she love and trust again? As a woman who endured years of abuse, abandonment, and betrayal by those closest to her, Joyce Meyer can answer with a resounding “yes!”
Meyer’s positivity comes from living her own journey, and from seeing so many women who don’t believe they can fully overcome their pain–or even know where to begin–find the guidance they need in the life-changing wisdom of the Bible.
Meyer’s bestseller Beauty for Ashes told of her personal story of healing. Now, with the passage of more time, HEALING THE SOUL OF A WOMAN delves deeper into Joyce’s story and the journey of healing for all women. Each chapter guides you through whatever obstacles may be holding you back to find your true destiny as God’s beloved. God can heal all pain, and He wants to do this in you. Let HEALING THE SOUL OF A WOMAN be the first step toward the wonderful, joyful future God intends for you.
6. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.
7. God Hears Her: 365 Devotions for Women by Women
You need to know that God hears you. The story of Hannah in 1 Samuel tells of one woman’s personal heartache and trust in the One who could fulfill her desires. She poured her heart out to God, and He heard her. The Our Daily Bread devotionals selected for this collection reassure you that God is with you, God is for you, and God hears you. The personal stories, Scripture passages, and inspirational quotes lift you up and remind you that God is bigger than the trials you face.
8. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers:
Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt.
Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence.
Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.
Stop feeling left out and start believing that “set apart” does not mean “set aside.”
End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.
9. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age
Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.
In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. “If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,” Pipher writes, “we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.”
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10. 200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World
Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include:
• Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist
• Margaret Atwood, author and winner of The Booker Prize
• Roxane Gay, author and feminist
• Renée Montagne, former host of NPR’s Morning Edition
• Alicia Garza, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter
• Alfre Woodard, award-winning actor and activist
• Marian Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund
• Lydia Ko, professional golfer and Olympian
• Dolores Huerta, labor activist, community organizer, and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association
• Alice Waters, chef, author, and food rights advocate
• Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and Macarthur Foundation fellow
Each woman shares her unique reply to the same five questions: What really matters to you?, What brings you happiness?, What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?, What would you change if you could?, and Which single word do you most identify with?
With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength-inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.
Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image—and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project.
11. Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting–not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.
Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world’s first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life. Her gamble paid off: At twenty-three she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting.
These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women, acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.
12. The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations
Based on her #1 New York Times bestseller, THE CONFIDENT WOMAN, Joyce Meyer taps into the concerns and issues that trouble women most. She provides encouragement and tools to help resolve problems in the areas of life women struggle with most–including confidence, self image, and relationships. It is easy to get caught up in what the coming weeks, months, or years might hold and forget to slow down and live in the present. This powerful daily devotional will help women on their journey towards a confident life filled with love, laughter, and God’s acceptance, one day at time.
13. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
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14. Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist
Wedding Planning For the Busy Feminist is filled with practical, funny advice from real brides, grooms and vendors about how to plan your dream wedding on a budget. It’s also an empowering survival guide that examines how modern women feel conflicted about outdated traditions and expensive social media fantasies but kinda want the perfect wedding anyway.
With tons of tips, interviews and funny stories, the book is about everything from dress shopping and confusing caterer gratuities to Pinterest anxiety and managing your partner’s role in the process. Wedding planning can be stressful, so I’m here to make it easier – with advice like “nothing sexes up a ceremony like a hot usher” and true stories about what to do when your Maid of Honor drops out because of WrestleMania.
The book dives into wedding planning, wedding budgets, dresses, wedding timelines, family drama, self-care, elopements, DIY decor, receptions, ceremonies, vows, speeches, changing your name, bachelor parties and bachelorette parties, photographers, themes, hashtags, favors and more. The appendix alone has over 300 bridal gown designers, accessory designers, plus size designers, decor inspiration, resale sites, invitations, favors, wedding apps and license information.
15. 201 Relationship Questions: The Couple’s Guide to Building Trust and Emotional Intimacy
Wouldn’t it be great to have a relationship counselor on call to help you and your love partner have the most joyful, loving relationship possible? What if you had someone who knew exactly what to ask to draw out your deepest desires and help you calmly navigate areas of pain or conflict? Having a coach is wonderful, but if you know the right questions to ask one another, you can start right now building the relationship you both desire.
The Power of Questions For Couples. Mutual questioning is a powerful technique to draw out deeper emotions and desires and address potential areas of conflict before they disrupt your closeness. The right questions inspire understanding, compassion and action for positive change. Questions like:
What does unconditional love mean to you? Do I do anything to make you feel disrespected? How can I listen to you better so you feel completely heard? What should I never say to you, even in anger? How can I make you feel more desirable and sexy?
When you and your partner embark on a mutual questioning journey, you are committing to an intimate, satisfying, joyful life together. Rather than waiting for conflict and resentment to inflict a surprise attack, you are proactively addressing the needs and wounds both of you carry and reinforcing your commitment to the relationship above all else. This journey will be enlightening, fun, and sometimes challenging — but the rewards are immeasurable, as you lay the groundwork for a lifetime of happiness together.
201 Relationship Questions is your guide to creating a happier, healthier, sexier, and more intimate connection. Share each question, read the question prompts, invite discussion, and keep a personal journal of the changes you both want to make. Action is required, as your answers to the questions reveal exactly what you need to do to protect and strengthen your connection.Set aside sacred time together for questions each day, and keep your relationship fresh and exciting for a lifetime.
Our Suggestion is that this book would also make a great wedding gift or Christmas gift for couples.
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16. 131 Necessary Conversations Before Marriage: Insightful, highly-caffeinated, Christ-honoring conversation starters for dating and engaged couples!
With the overall divorce rates hovering around 50% there is no doubt that marriage can be difficult. This book is for couples who want to defy the odds by building a strong foundation before marriage. These creative conversation starters will help you dive deeper into your relationship and grow in your understanding of each other.
In addition to the 131 creative conversation starters, you will also discover:
The seven destructive habits of miserable couples.
The seven joyful habits of happy couples.
The seven most important habits for after you tie-the-knot.
Conversation Starters For Couples include:
After marriage, what spiritual activities will you participate in as a couple?
How do you think that married life will differ from your single life?
If you could travel back in time and relive a part of your relationship, what would it be? What things would you do differently, and what would you keep the same?
Imaging a well-known Hollywood producer wants to make a movie about your relationship, and you get to choose the actors. Whom would you select to star as you and your partner? Why?
For The Entrepreneur Woman...
17. Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue
Dear Female Founder is a personal, inspirational and at times a deeply moving read. Everyone should read it regardless of gender. Dear Female Founder lets you learn from the experience, emotional ups and downs and the wisdom gained by those who have done it before you. The stories make it real in a way no other book has.
Dear Female Founder is as inspiring as it is honest. A must read if you are thinking about taking the journey into the world of startup or want to inspire the next generation of female founders that they can do it too. A unique blend of encouragement, wisdom and practical insights, shared by remarkable female entrepreneurs. Whether you’re a budding female entrepreneur or an entrepreneur within a bigger company, the rich advice will stand you in good stead and undoubtedly inspire you.
18. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and anyone in between. This book won’t teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company. It won’t teach you about systems or finance. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business are all about.
19. The Happy Hustle: Transform the Way You Work
There’s no doubt about it. Female entrepreneurs are killing it! So many women are running their own businesses and therefore taking charge of their lives, but it can be hard to keep things in perspective. Julie Ball will show you how in this book.
When Julie found out she was expecting a little girl in 2011, she knew it was time to break free from the corporate world. She turned her skills and drive into a successful website design and development space, but she wanted even more. In getting to know many other female business owners through her work, she developed a desire to support and encourage her fellow hustlers. And so, Sparkle Hustle Grow was born, and Julie set out to show women how they can be happier in business and in life by following her three leading principles:
• The “Hustle” can be happy!
• Follow “The Golden Rule”.
• Personal growth and business development go hand in hand.
These principles are further broken down into actionable steps to help lady entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be learn how to not only find balance between life and running a business, but to thrive in both.
20. Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company
Across a decade of her career as an entrepreneur, Danielle Tate learned how to transform good ideas into successful businesses. At age 25 she bootstrapped MissNowMrs and grew it into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. As a young female founder, she noticed that few business guides offered step-by-step advice to smart but inexperienced women.
Elegant Entrepreneur draws on Tate’s experience and on conversations with prominent entrepreneurs and top executives. She not only shows — in straightforward and easily accessible terms — how one can transform a rough concept into a lucrative business; she also gives readers a privileged peek into the entrepreneur lifestyle that allows business owners to take charge of their lives.
Relevant both to women with no business background and to those in the process of developing a business, Elegant Entrepreneur offers key information and concepts from idea to exit. It discusses the early stages of evaluating an idea, understanding market demands, pitching ideas, building a team of partners and employees, launching, fundraising, marketing and growing a company, handling competition, and knowing when to sell.
Tate navigates complex business terrain with clarity, insight, and yes, elegance. Readers are given the chance to see if entrepreneurship is right for them, and stand to gain the freedom, flexibility, and job satisfaction that comes with founding and running one’s own business.
Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.
Flash forward to today, and she’s the founder of Nasty Gal and the founder and CEO of Girlboss. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.
22. She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur
Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business? There has never been a better time to say yes! With a computer and an Internet connection you can get your ideas, messages, and business out there like never before and create so much success. In this book, Carrie Green shows you how. Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20—she knows what it’s like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination . . . but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face.
Based on her personal, tried-and-tested experience, she offers valuable guidance and powerful exercises to help you:
•Get clear on your business vision
•Move past the fears and doubts that can get in the way
•Understand your audience, so you can truly connect with them
•Create your brand and build a tribe of raving fans, subscribers, and customers
•Manage your time, maintain focus, and keep going in the right direction
•Condition yourself for success . . . and so much more!
If you’re a creative and ambitious female entrepreneur, or are contemplating the entrepreneurial path, this book will provide the honest, realistic, and practical tools you need to follow your heart and bring your vision to life.
23. Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs
Think the most critical factor for becoming a great entrepreneur is grit, risk-taking, or technical skills? Think again. Despite what every other business book might say, historical data show the real secret ingredients to getting ahead in business are being rich, white, and male.
Until now. Leapfrog is the decades-overdue startup bible for the rest of us. It’s filled with uncompromising guidance for winning at business, your way. Leapfrog is for entrepreneurs of all stripes who are fed up with status quo advice–the kind that assumes you have rich friends and family and a public relations team.
Refreshingly frank and witty, author Nathalie Molina Niño is a serial tech entrepreneur, the founder and CEO of BRAVA Investments, and a proud daughter of Latinx immigrants. While teaching budding entrepreneurs at Barnard College at Columbia University and searching the globe for investment-worthy startups, she has met or advised thousands of entrepreneurs who’ve gone from zero to scalable business. Here she shares their best secrets in the form of fifty “leapfrogs”–clever loopholes and shortcuts to outsmart, jump over, or straight up annihilate the seemingly intractable hurdles facing entrepreneurs who don’t have family money, cultural capital, or connections.
24. The Conquer Kit: A Creative Business Planner for Women Entrepreneurs
The Conquer Kit is a canvas for your dreams and goals. You are invited to sketch, scribble, collage, and write all over these pages, all while developing an airtight business plan with proven strategies for success.
Author and entrepreneur Natalie MacNeil guides you to tap into your creative genius, build a strong foundation with the four pillars that hold up every thriving business, create heart-centric product and marketing plans, put together your A-team, envision the bigger picture, map your next steps, and ultimately bring your dream business to life.
So what are you waiting for? Dive in. Explore. Envision. Create. CONQUER.
25. Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big
Over the past twenty years, women in the US have started nearly twice as many businesses as men, but only three percent of all women business owners ever make revenues of one million dollars or more. Most are stuck running kitchen-table businesses, just getting by, or in many cases, running out of cash. Julia Pimsleur aims to change that with Million Dollar Women, which will show you how to take your business to that million-dollar mark and beyond.
Million Dollar Women introduces you to Pimsleur and seven other women who have raised capital, developed powerful networks, and built multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. It teaches you the concepts and the vocabulary you need to secure funding and scale up. It explains how to make the right connections, when to delegate, and when to seek coaching and support. Drawing on her own experience of becoming a CEO, Pimsleur also provides help for overcoming the hurdles you have to clear to leap to that next level. “With thought-provoking interviews of women entrepreneurs and other business experts and important exercises at the end, this resourceful book is rich in ideas and valuable insight”
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26. That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women
An artist and activist committed to the empowerment of women and girls has created a gorgeous illustrated volume, blending watercolor and short biography to showcase the contributions of more than fifty influential female leaders whose words and actions are a passionate call to arms.
Distraught by the results of the 2016 election and the realization that the nation was not ready for its first female president, Kimothy Joy found herself poring over the biographies of brave women throughout history—those who persisted in the face of daunting circumstances—to learn from their experiences.
Turning to art, Joy channeled her feelings to the canvas, bringing these strong women to life in bold watercolor portraits surrounded by inspirational hand-lettered quotes. With each creation, Joy found catharsis and hope. She shared her watercolors with her online community and encouraged everyone to raise their own voices and recharge for the battles ahead.
Now, in this beautiful gift book, Joy has gathered her stunning illustrations and quotes and paired them with surprising, illuminating biographies of her subjects to inspire women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. That’s What She Said honors a powerful and diverse group of over fifty women—from Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Virginia Woolf to Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—role models whose words and insights remind us that we must never give up the fight for a more just and equitable society.
Reclaiming the derogatory cultural barb “that’s what she said,” this stunning book celebrates strong female leadership throughout history and empowers current and future generations to find their voices and inspire change in their communities.
27. Voices of the 21st Century: Women Who Influence, Inspire, and Make a Difference
The world as we know it is shifting from a society based on a predominantly masculine model into a new era, one with women at the forefront as the leaders of the twenty-first century. Within these pages, you’ll discover powerful female voices rising up to educate, guide, and inspire.
Behind each story is a woman bold and brave enough to have her voice be heard.
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28. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting
Based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham’s approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish.
This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions—and get them in check—so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples give solutions and kid-tested phrasing for parents of toddlers right through the elementary years.
If you’re tired of power struggles, tantrums, and searching for the right “consequence,” look no further. You’re about to discover the practical tools you need to transform your parenting in a positive, proven way.
29. The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents’ psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents’ development. Parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the behavior that results, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control and quick fixes for dysfunction. In Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s conscious approach to parenting, however, children serve as mirrors of their parents’ forgotten self.
Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child “know it all” approach and more towards a mutual parent-with-child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.
30. Parent-Child Relations: An Introduction to Parenting
For decades, Parent-Child Relations: An Introduction to Parenting has prepared countless teachers and practitioners by using family systems and systemic family development theory as frameworks to explore the evolution of the family, the stages of family system development, and the challenges faced by all types of families. Readers will discover a broad range of issues encountered across the lifespan to help them prepare for their roles as professionals working with families or as parents themselves.
Filled with relevant new topics, two new chapters, and new cultural snapshots, the 10th Edition has been extensively updated while retaining the essential developmental approach and comprehensive coverage.
31. The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children
When Emma Johnson’s marriage ended she found herself broke, pregnant, and alone with a toddler. Searching for the advice she needed to navigate her new life as a single professional woman and parent, she discovered there was very little sage wisdom available. In response, Johnson launched the popular blog Wealthysinglemommy.com to speak to other women who, like herself, wanted to not just survive but thrive as single moms. Now, in this complete guide to single motherhood, Johnson guides women in confronting the naysayers in their lives (and in their own minds) to build a thriving career, achieve financial security, and to reignite their romantic life—all while being a kickass parent to their kids. The Kickass Single Mom shows readers how to:
• Build a new life that is entirely on their own terms.
• Find the time to devote to health, hobbies, friendships, faith, community and travel.
• Be a joyful, present and fun mom, and proud role model to your kids.
Full of practical advice and inspiration from Emma’s life, as well as other successful single moms, this is a must-have resource for any single mom.
32. Single Moms Raising Sons: Preparing Boys to Be Men When There’s No Man Around
How can a single mother provide her son with the strength and wisdom most boys receive from their fathers? How will her son learn to be a good man without a healthy male influence around?In today’s world, many women–single mothers, grandmothers, even military wives–are left with the responsibility of raising children on their own. Being a single parent comes with many challenges, but for women one of the most difficult is to raise sons to be strong men and good fathers without a healthy male role model in the home.
In Single Moms Raising Sons, Dana Serrano Chisholm speaks from her own experience as a single mother of two boys and inspires other single moms to partner with God–the Father of the fatherless. She teaches them to find strength and wisdom as they allow Christ to be their partner in very real ways–helping them raise their children.From financial concerns to passing on macho, Single Moms Raising Sons supplies honest insight, unifying encouragement, and practical applications to guide mothers as they raise their boys to be the solid, Christian men they want them to be.
33. 8 Weeks of Love: A Bible study for Single Moms
This Bible study for Single Moms explores how our relationship with God affects all of our daily encounters and relationships. You’ll discover a love that heals your past, protects your present, and prepares you for your future. This study is about a life of love whether you marry or remain single.a
34. 30-Day Kickass Single Mom Money Makeover: Get Your Financial Act Together, Finally and Forever!
The world tells single moms they are destined for poverty, sacrifice and sacrifice. Instead, just like millions of women, you can torpedo this story and create your own wealthy life abundant with a meaningful, high-paying career, comfortable savings, and time to invest in a balanced life full of family, hobbies, friends, community and romance. This action-packed guide will jumpstart your desire to make the lifestyle and mindset changes to: Stop being BROKE! Get beyond MAKING ENDS MEET! Be DEBT-FREE!
Enjoy the confidence that comes with a solid emergency fund! INVEST LIKE A PRO! Take your career and business to the next level! Create a positive, abundant money mindset to share with your kids! Feel IN CONTROL of your money! Travel, buy a house, start that business, and most of all: Feel confident about NOT BEING A BURDEN ON YOUR CHILDREN! Get ready for the 30-Day Kickass Single Mom Money Makeover!
35. The Successful Single Mom Series: Books 1-6: (The Successful Single Mom Series Box Set)
The Successful Single Mom book series is your therapist, BFF, coach and personal trainer all rolled into one. Written by a business coach and former single mom, when you read this book you’ll feel like you’re getting big sisterly advice from someone you’ve known forever. You’ll feel inspired to begin your transformation and become the mom and woman you’ve always known you could be.
The Successful Single Mom is the only book series for single moms written in a positive, can-do voice, from the coaching perspective, by an executive coach who was also a single mom. All of the books in the series provide that road map for creating the life, love, income, body, education and so much more that you really want, starting instantly, today, with the encouragement you need.
The Successful Single Mom book series is your key to building a life you love, one that will increase both your happiness levels and the value you provide to your kids.
For the Woman Who Stays Home...
36. The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything
Martha Stewart is America’s go-to source for the best answers to nearly every question. As an authority on the many worlds upon which she’s built her domestic empire, she can advise on everything from creating a cutting garden and setting the table to playing classic lawn games or building a campfire. Whether it’s organizing, celebrating, cleaning, decorating, or any number of other life skills, these are the time-tested, Martha-approved strategies for frequent challenges and basic how-to knowledge that everyone should have at the ready. Also included are plenty of solutions for the not-so-common conundrums, such as how to transport a decorated cake, bathe a cat, or fold an American flag. With hundreds of expert tips and useful insights in an easy-to-follow format, this is the manual you need to learn how to do everything—the Martha way.
37. The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life
One of today’s most influential minimalist advocates takes us on a decluttering tour of our own houses and apartments, showing us how to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. He both offers practical guidelines for simplifying our lifestyle at home and addresses underlying issues that contribute to over-accumulation in the first place. The purpose is not just to create a more inviting living space. It’s also to turn our life’s HQ–our home–into a launching pad for a more fulfilling and productive life in the world.
38. Flex Mom: The Secrets of Happy Stay-at-Home Moms
Most moms are grateful they make the choice to be a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), but after a couple of years, they may feel like they’re losing their mind. The alternative is going back to work, but that doesn’t seem right either.
Flex mom is for mothers who want a third model of motherhood, somewhere between stay-at-home mom and working mom. This third way is to be the primary caregiver for their children while deliberately creating a path that fuels their passions – leaving them fulfilled and confident.
39. Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day
Real Life Organizing offers clutter free storage solutions and advice that can help you create a Pinterest worthy home on a small budget:Learn how to organize your home, simplify life and have more time for the things you love. Organizational expert Cassandra ‘Cas’ Aarssen, the guru from YouTube’s ClutterBug channel, reveals her tips, tricks and secrets to a clean and clutter free home in just 15 minutes a day. Aarssen, spends her time organizing other people’s homes, teaching college workshops on organization, and creating weekly videos and blog posts. Cas offers diy Pinterest type tips to people like you who are interested in how to get rid of clutter and how to organize your home.
Organized person on the outside: The secret to her success? She’s a giant mess on the inside, but an organized person who can teach you how to get rid of clutter and organize your home once and for all.
Simplify your life: In her debut book, Real Life Organizing, Cas walks you through the steps you can take to create a beautiful, organized, clutter free, and almost self-cleaning home ─ a DIY Pinterest home. Simplify your life. You do not have to get rid of all of your things, you do not have to be a yoga loving minimalist, and you do not have to radically change your lifestyle or personality in order to simplify your life and have an organized home. The truth is that you do not need to actually be an organized person to live like an organized person.
Organize home: Through her years of experience as an industry expert, Cas has uncovered easy and inexpensive tips, tricks and solutions that allow her to maintain a clean, organized and functional home with minimal effort. After you’ve read Real Life Organizing, you too will be able to live a more organized life without having to give up your sanity.
For the Woman Who Loves To Travel...
40. Fifty States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You’ll discover the world’s longest yard sale in Tennessee, swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America’s oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. Each entry provides detailed travel information as well as fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. In addition to 50 states in the U.S., the book includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories.
41. Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places
NatGeo takes you on a photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Travel to hundreds of the most breathtaking locales—both natural and man-made—illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization’s world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature a plethora of visual wonders: ancient monoliths, scenic islands, stunning artwork, electric cityscapes, white-sand seashores, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets, and both classic and innovative architecture. Loaded with hard service information for each location, Destinations of a Lifetime has it all: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do to ensure the most enriching and authentic experience.
42. Where Is She?: Travel To Trauma: One Woman’s Journey To Completely Losing Herself
Aly expected to make new friends, get quirky jobs and maybe stay in some dodgy hostels. Little did she know that her journey down under would take a dark turn which left her stranded 10,000 miles from home trying to piece back together the fragments of her now broken life. After working hard towards her dreams of becoming a clinical psychologist, Aly had a sudden realization that there must be something more out there away from the books she had been burying her head into for the past 3 years.
She decided to hang her degree on the wall and book a one-way ticket to Australia, a decision which would change her entire life. Through the relationships she made, the jobs she took and the landscapes she wandered, Aly reveals her full story for the first time. Behind her YouTube videos and blog posts remained a deep dark secret that she was never ready to share, until now.
For the Woman Who Loves A Great Meal...
43. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime – Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper
The #1 bestselling author and Food Network personality at last answers that age-old question—“What’s for Dinner?”—bringing together more than 125 simple, scrumptious, step-by-step recipes for delicious dinners the whole family will love.
For families juggling school, work, and a host of other time-consuming daily obligations, the idea of making dinner from scratch can be daunting. Ree Drummond makes it easy for families to make simple, scrumptious, homemade meals with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime includes delicious, easy-to-make recipes for comfort classics, 16-minute meals, freezer-friendly food, as well as soups, main dish salads, and a favorite of her own family: breakfast for dinner.
You’ll find more than 125 fast-and-delicious recipes that combine pantry staples with fresh ingredients, including Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Taco Salad, Pasta Puttanesca, Ready-to-go freezer Meatballs (and many dinners you can make with them!), Oven Barbecue Chicken, Mexican Tortilla Casserole, Veggie Chili, Beef with Snow Peas, and many, many more. Included is a section of mouthwatering quick desserts—literally the icing on the cake. Filled with Ree’s signature step-by-step photos, relatable humor, and irresistible, folksy charm, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime is the go-to cookbook every home cook can rely on for any—and every—night of the week.
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44. Women’s Health Healthy Meals for One (or Two) Cookbook: A Simple Guide to Shopping, Prepping, and Cooking for Yourself with 175 Nutritious Recipes
In the US, we eat nearly half of our meals as a party of one, with only the TV or social media followers for company. But with The Women’s Health Healthy Meals for One (or Two) Cookbook, you don’t have to wait until you have 2.5 kids and a spouse around the dining table to prepare simple, fresh, and nutritious meals that taste as good as they are for your health. So step away from the microwave, ditch the delivery, and get cooking!
This book is filled with inventive recipes that you can make ahead, pull together on a minute’s notice, or take your time to create, all for the most important person in your life: you. With shopping guides, meal-prep plans for every type of week, a kitchen tool guide, tips for a well-stocked pantry, and advice for making leftovers seem new, TheWomen’s Health Healthy Meals for One (or Two) Cookbook is not just a cookbook: it’s your new cooking bible.
So whether you are prepping quick batches of grab-and-go meals for a hectic workweek or sipping rosé with a date as you create an impressive dish from scratch to eat together, you have found your indispensable guide for simple, portioned-out, healthful eats you can make yourself.
45. Hand Made: The Modern Woman’s Guide to Made-from-Scratch Living
Do you wish you could slow down and create a home you and your family love and enjoy spending time in? Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life and voice of the Pioneering Today podcast, offers down-to-earth tips and guidance to help you learn how to…
Bake old-fashioned recipes (everything from biscuits to shepherd’s pie) with quick, stress-free steps
grow, harvest, and preserve culinary and medicinal herbs (with DIY tutorials for soaps, salves, and balms)
make your own cultured and fermented foods at home following simple instructions for buttermilk, sour cream, sourdough, and more.
Simplify your routine and declutter your home with room-by-room guides and Depression-era wisdom
Open your heart to God-given rest and discover practical and tangible ways you can craft your home into a refuge for yourself and the ones you love.
46. Baking: 1001 Best Baking Recipes of All Time
Have you ever dreamed about baking scrumptious cakes, luscious cheesecakes, crunchy cookies and healthy muffins?! How tempting does Nutella Banana Tart or Brownie Cheesecake sound?! If just the thought of those desserts tingled your taste buds, you’ve come to the right place! This book is just what you need to get you started towards learning what baking is, how it works and how it can be done at home without much hassle, professional equipment or any special baking skill.
Baking has evolved so much the last couple of years. It went from the very basic flour and water mixture Egyptians used to make centuries ago to the famous French desserts, layered and texturized cakes, crisp and crunchy cookies, moist breads, complex cupcakes, delicious muffins and creamy cheesecakes. And the best of all – you don’t need to be a professional to enjoy all of this! Home baking is now easier than ever, not just because the equipment is cheaper and cheaper, but also because you have books like this to help you dive into this amazing world of desserts!
Collecting 1001 recipes between its pages, this book aims to be a complete dessert guide for the home bakers. Being divided into 11 chapters, the book covers every dessert you can think of, from the very simple blueberry muffins to the more complex red wine chocolate cake or lemon meringue pie. In addition to this, it also includes a chapter focusing on the basics of pastry – such as Genoise sponge cake, Madeira cake, pie crust or pate a choux.
47. Air Fry Everything: Foolproof Recipes for Fried Favorites and Easy Fresh Ideas by Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
he Air Fry Everything! cookbook creates fried food fast without the added fat, calories or guilt. Created by The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence, Air Fry Everything!offers over 130 all new, flavor-bursting recipes, including restaurant makeovers, like Blooming Onions, Beer Battered Onion Rings, Chicken Wings, Shrimp Egg Rolls, and Skinny Fries, and turns them into healthy and crunchy, lower calorie alternatives. Additional recipes include Parmesan Chicken Fingers, Fish and “Chips,” Cherry Chipotle Chicken Wings, Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp, Fried Cauliflower with Parmesan Lemon Dressing, homemade potato chips, Boston Cream Donut Holes, and much more.
Your air fryer can create more than “fried” foods, and Air Fry Everything! gives you recipes for that too including Marinated Rib-Eye Steak with Herb Roasted Mushrooms, Inside Out Cheeseburgers, Honey Mesquite Pork Chops, Maple Balsamic Salmon, Roasted Vegetable Stromboli and Mini Molten Chocolate Cake, just to name a few. Plus foolproof recipes for making perfect bacon, roasting garlic, toasting nuts and creating crispy tortilla chips.
As always Meredith also provides tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your air fryer, plus how to cook your favorite frozen foods without all the added oil that goes along with deep-frying. Air Fry Everything! is the must-have cookbook for anyone who owns an air fryer.
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