Times are changing! Women are starting more than 1,200 businesses a day, are becoming leaders in their industries, and inspiring social change. Successful and powerful women are everywhere. We’ve drawn from these stories and found 6 inspirational books that are a must read. Sometimes all we need is just a little bit of inspiration to help us get started, and then we can become unstoppable. Here are 6 inspirational books for women that are a must read:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth is a psychologist, and the founder and CEO of Character Lab, which is a research facility for character development in children. In this book, she shows that the secret to success is a blend of passion and perseverance that she calls “grit.” She highlights the struggles of other people during the hardest part of their life, and shows how they got through it. Some of these individuals are students and some are teachers. Angela also includes what she’s learned from interviewing high achievers with large corporations. Maybe most important of all, she shows how “grit” can be learned. This book predicts it’s more reliable to find success through hard work and determination, rather than any inherent talent or intelligence. Surely she’s correct.

“The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor… What really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.”

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Big Magic: Create Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author, and a Pushcart Prize winner. As if that isn’t enough, she is also a writer for GQ and is a National Magazine award-nominated journalist. In this book she digs deep to discuss her take on creativity. She provides insight into the nature of inspiration, and suggests that we embrace our curiosity. She urges us to overcome our fears and discover our creativity.

Big Magic is a manual of universal aspirations, with a personal feel. It is a how-to in mental habits broken into six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, and Divinity. Elizabeth Gilbert says in this book, “Even if you grew up watching cartoons in a sugar stupor from dawn to dusk, creativity still lurks within you.” This book has some excellent advice that is worth reading. It urges you to find some time in your life to do something you really enjoy, for no reason other than you really enjoy it. The New York Times calls Big Magic “Charming, personable, self-aware, jokey and conversational to the extreme.”

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

This is one of the best inspirational books for women. We all know that everyone has habits, good and bad. But it’s difficult to change them on purpose. That’s where this book comes in. Gretchen Rubin has written several bestselling books, and award winning podcasts. She shares insights into self-discovery, and creating a happier life. In this book, she discusses how humans change through habit. It takes work to build a habit, but by doing so we can live happier, and more productive lives. This book serves as a manual on how to essentially achieve our goals through building habits. She says, “Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life… If we change our habits, we change our lives.”

More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, author, and the youngest person to ever become editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. In her book More than Enough she talks about her rise in the world of media and fashion. She also opens up about her struggles early on in her life about never feeling good enough. She discusses how she became aware of her mission to celebrate diversity in media, and in the fashion industry. This book is truly inspiring, and there are even talks of it possibly becoming a Netfix original series.

“I better be doing everything in my power to… make it easier and less daunting and less confusing for the next generation of young leaders and female leaders of color who are coming up behind me.”

-Elaine Welteroth

Girl Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving your Goals

Rachael Hollis is an author, motivational speaker, and blogger who is well known for her self-help books. She believes that you are the solution to your own problems and urges women to embrace a shame-free lifestyle. We have to agree, as the double standards our society sets for women are intentionally impossible to live within. The only way forward is to reject them entirely. In Girl Stop Apologizing she takes a practical approach to self-improvement, and wants every woman to have a dream. Hollis writes, “I don’t think that a beautiful life happens unintentionally.” This book hit number one seller on Amazon its first week available.

So Close to Being the Shit, Y’all Don’t Even Know

Retta is an author, comic, and beloved actress from the hit shows Parks and Recreation and Good Girls. The book So Close to Being the Shit, Y’all Don’t Even Know is a hilarious collection of personal essays and stories on her path to success. In it, she shares her opinions on Hollywood and discusses racism in the film industry. She also covers personal struggles of nervousness, and how she overcame fear saying, “Yeah, just say yes to stuff. You’re here to do a job, and don’t be so scared about things.” Entertainment Weekly says that this book “features her wry humor and candid honesty.”

Everyone needs to feel inspired from time to time, whether it be that you are in a funk or you are having a tough time getting motivated. Thankfully, these writers and countless others know how to help. Whether you’re interested in self-help, politics, history or fantasy, it’s very easy to get sucked into a book that’ll improve your daily life.

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