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Reading books on business can offer crucial guidance for any emerging entrepreneur. To those who are new to the startup world, it can serve as an insightful and positive reinforcement especially if you’re unsure of where to start. 

Female business leaders, however, face unique challenges like pay inequalities, lack of mentorship, and the gender gap. Veteran female founders who have experienced first-hand the challenges faced by women, have unique insights to share. By comparing notes, we can build stronger businesses while continuing to create a more level playing field.

Here are five books written by and for female entrepreneurs that can shed some light on how to powerfully maneuver through life and business:

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur

Written by: Carrie Green 

Founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, Carrie Green shows how women can turn their ideas into successful ventures. Her book offers a strategy that helps emerging female entrepreneurs develop a business approach. 

Unlike many self-help entrepreneurial books for women, She Means Business is infused with Carrie’s own story. It offers practical, actionable steps for women to sharpen their ideas and hone in on business strategy.

WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams 

Written by: Jaclyn Johnson

Jaclyn Johnson is the founder and CEO behind Create & Cultivate--the fastest growing online platform and conference for millennial women in business. 

With her book WorkParty, she challenges women to stand up and get what’s theirs! The book imparts wisdom from the best women in the business, who address the need to reconcile femininity with being an effective boss. WorkParty is a call-to-action for business woman to redefine work on their own terms, and on their own turf. 

Girl Code: Unlocking Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

Written by: Cara Alwill Leyba

According to Girl Code, the most audacious and powerful actions a female entrepreneur can take are those that support other woman. Cara Alwill Leyba has the philosophy that when women have each other’s backs in an authentic way, we are unstoppable. 

In this book Cara reveals how important it is for women to drop the facade and share their breakdowns as well as their breakthroughs. Hoarding information and caving to less-than-honorable competitive tactics will only hold us back. And, according to Girl Code, building each other up is crucial to women’s destiny-- to rule the world that is!

Girl Code isn’t an instruction manual for building a multimillion-dollar company; it is a tool to build confidence and connection.

Earning It: Hard Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World

By Joann S. Lublin

Earning It is an essential, been-through-the-wars career guide from Joann S. Lublin, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal.

In Earning It, Lublin combines her inspiring story with the experiences of more than fifty other women who shattered the glass ceiling in a diverse array of industries. Pioneering leaders like Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors; Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard; and Brenda Barnes, former CEO of Sara Lee, contribute their wisdom to this valuable guidebook for intrepid business women.

The Confidence Code 

Written by: Claire Shipman and Katty Kay

The confidence gap is still a major issue for women, both in business and in life. The Confidence Code addresses the challenges of low self esteem while delving into the mystery of how brain function relates to confidence.

Journalists Claire Shipman and Katty Kay take a look at cutting edge neuroscience regarding the “confidence gene.” The book reveals surprising new research on how our brains dictate and respond to confident actions. 

Leading psychologists explain how we can all be more confident through choices and actions, and how behavior can actually change our physical wiring. Shipman and Kay interview female leaders who have overcome a lack of confidence to achieve success and fulfillment.

All of these books share a few common threads: Women need to overcome the barriers to self confidence, band together in solidarity, hold each other up in a male-dominated world, and find their true voices--and use them boldly. These books provide actionable insight for success in business and in life. 

According to the WorkParty™ movement: First, we leaned in. Now we stand up.

About the Author(s)

Debrah Lee Charatan

Debrah Lee Charatan is an entrepreneur and real estate veteran widely recognized for her experience brokering, investing and developing commercial, residential and mixed-use properties in the New York City area.

President, BCB Property Management
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