Seven Inspirational Books for Women
Posted byAndrea King Collier
Inspirational books for women and girls can change the world or at least inspire someone’s life. Whether it’s a memoir, a novel or a book of essays, the right story can bring real hope and spark to its readers. But what makes for an inspirational book for women and girls?
The lead character, whether she’s a real person or a fictional one, must defy the odds and overcome the forces of antagonism that battle against her. She keeps going and finds a way to achieve her goal. And her inspirational story offers tidbits of motivation on how you can do the same in your own life. Whether it’s a book about the workplace, finding and living your passion, or overcoming personal trauma, inspirational books for women and girls serve as true beacons of light for those who need a little inspiration.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This inspirational book for women and girls is actually an essay in book form. It was taken from Adichie’s TEDx Talk that has been viewed by millions. The book delves into what it means to be a woman today, and what it means to be a feminist. This New York Times bestseller talks about one of her lowest times and how she was able to lift herself up. In this inspirational book she talks about women’s need to be resilient.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
The title of this book says it all. Sheryl Sandberg tells her story of resilience, in this case recovering from a deep and unexpected loss. Sandberg, (who also penned the empowering bestseller Lean In) writes about the loss of her husband, and how she fought her way out of grief. It also addresses how women everywhere overcome hardships and find joy again after tragedies like living through war, illness and job loss.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
If you’re looking for a book that screams “I am woman, hear me roar!” read what Gloria Steinem, one of the true champions of women and girls, has to say about her journey. Steinem, who is now in her 80s, anchors her lessons in her various travels over the years. She shares vignettes from her work in social activism, including the founding of Ms. magazine. Steinem calls women to live and travel through life with an open mind.
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance by Simone Biles
Simone Biles’ passion for gymnastics is what brought her into the national spotlight, but her perseverance is what has truly makes her an all-around champion. Biles, who kicked butt at the Rio de Janiero Olympics and won five medals, achieved athletic success through hard work, her family, unflinching focus, and working through the ups and downs of pursuing a dream.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
This inspirational book for women speaks to going beyond all the expectations of doing it right and living it perfectly. Brené Brown, an expert on teaching women how to lead authentic lives, writes about the pressure to juggle so many balls and living in fear of dropping them. She helps readers accept their imperfections, while they become the best person they can be.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland’s memoir chronicles her journey to become the first African American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history. Her story speaks to moving forward in the face of all that the world tells you what you can’t be. Copeland started dancing at 13, an age that is considered too old for the kind of aspirations she had. She constantly battled the criticism of her body and how she didn’t fit the classic ballerina mold. Life in Motion is the perfect encouragement for girls who dream big.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This classic is not only an inspirational book for women and girls, it’s often cited as the book that encouraged many writers to share their personal stories. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings takes readers on the early journey of Angelou, now a cultural icon, through poverty, racism and sexual abuse, to finding her own voice in the world. There are deep and heartfelt lessons in this book that bear revisiting again and again.
- Posted by Andrea King Collier
- On June 8, 2017