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10 of the best business books for women - featured

10 Best Business Books For Women

10 of the best business books for women - featured

As a blogger I have had the pleasure of reading and writing about a lot of books over the years, some of my absolute favourites have been business books for women.

A common tend in most other round ups are that most of the books are written by men.

Since The Boss Babe Empire is all about celebrating women in business I decided to remedy this by giving you a round up of my top 10 business books for women, written by women!

Now technically, not all of these books are going to directly related to business but take a look and I can guarantee that whichever ones you decide to read (if any) will give you insight into how you can improve not only your business, but your life too.

So let’s dive into it…

Business Books for Women… written by Women: My Recommendations

Year of Yes | Shonda Rhimes - 10 Best Business Books For Women

Year of Yes – Shoda Rhimes

If you are a fan of Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal I am sure you have heard this name before.

What you may not know, is that she is quite the introvert so No is not a word that scares her.

This book is based around the challenge laid down by Shonda’s sister…

For one year, try to say yes to all the invitations that come your way.

Shonda, reluctantly agreed and the result was transformative.

In Year of Yes*, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life?and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.


#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso | Business Books for women

GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso went from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

Sophia is not your typical executive and wrote this book to share her unique path to success with others like her.

Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS* #covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn’t come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

Inspiring, motivating and empowering, #GIRLBOSS will give you the kick up the ass you need to reach your potential.


She Means Business by Carrie Green | Business Books for women

She Means Business – Carrie Green

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 She Means Business*, 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. . .

She also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face.


You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life | Business Books for women

You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to:

  • Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want.
  • Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW!
  • Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass*, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.


Leave our mark by Donna Karan | Business Books for women

Leave Your Mark – Aliza Licht

Aliza Licht — global fashion communications executive, AKA fashion’s favorite ‘PR girl’ and Twitter phenomenon — is here to tell her story, complete with The Devil Wears Prada-like moments and insider secrets.

Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in Leave Your Mark*.

She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way.

With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, something she knows a thing or two about, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.


The confidence code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman | Business Books for women

The Confidence Code – Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before.

Yet men still predominate in the corporate world.

In The Confidence Code*, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.

Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition—with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business – Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to “lean in.”

Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve.


Rising Strong by Brene Brown | Business Books for women

Rising Strong – Brene Brown

The physics of vulnerability is simple:

If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall.

This is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending.

Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and Rising Strong*, our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom and hope.


Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba | Business Books for women

Girl Code – Cara Alwill Leyba

Girl Codeis a road-map for female entrepreneurs, professionals and ‘side hustlers’.

Blending personal stories, inspirational quotes and mantras with practical workbook sections, you will learn how to build confidence, reconnect with your ‘why’, eradicate jealousy and use the power of connection.

Master life coach and motivational speaker Cara Alwill Leyba lays down the rules for building a stellar career and extraordinary life.

She champions the importance of honesty, vulnerability and positivity and illustrates how women can work together to ensure success. 

Girl Code is for every woman on the edge of change who is ready to reinvent herself, elevate her thinking and transform her life.


Carry on, warrior: the power of embracing your messy, beautiful life by Glennon Doyle Melton | Business Books for women

Carry On, Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton’s hilarious and poignant reflections on our universal (yet often secret) experiences have inspired a social movement by reminding women that they’re not alone.

In Carry On, Warrior*, she shares her personal story in moving, refreshing, and laugh-out-loud-funny new essays and some of the best-loved material from Momastery.com.

Her writing invites us to believe in ourselves, to be brave and kind, to let go of the idea of perfection, and to stop making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard.

In this one woman’s trying to love herself and others, readers will find a wise and witty friend who shows that we can build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.


Not that kind of girl by Lena Dunham | Business Books for women

Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham*, acclaimed writer-director-star of HBO and Sky Atlantic’s ‘Girls’ and the award-winning movie ‘Tiny Furniture’, displays her unique powers of observation, wisdom and humour in this exceptional collection of essays.

“If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile.

I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth.

No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise.

But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”


So that’s my list, let me know in the comments if you have read any of them, or if I have missed one of your favourites.

10 of the best business books written for women, by women

Haley is an online entrepreneur specialising in branding and digital media marketing. She has spent the past 7 years working with local businesses and organisations and helping them increase awareness of their brand and ultimately, increase sales. Haley set up The Boss Babe Empire to encourage others to follow their dreams. With the help of a supportive, knowledgable community, her aim is to offer inspiration, motivation, guidance and support to other female entrepreneurs.

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