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7 Books All GirlBosses Should Read in 2021

Hey there, my fellow GirlBoss! Have you ever heard the phrase “This is a man’s world”?

Throughout history, women have been put down time and time again. However, with recent events and everyday movements by amazing woman out there, we’re making changes for the better and we’re not giving up. Women are stronger and smarter than we were before and are only continuing to grow. We are learning how to be a GirlBoss and growing businesses everyday. So yes, it is a man’s world, but as said in James Brown’s song, “It wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl”. 

After graduating in 2017 and starting work in a very much male-dominated field, I decided I’m not just going to sit quietly and let the men take control. I’ve stood up for myself and proven that as a woman, I can do everything (if not more than) a man can do, and I can do it all while having a relationship, a side job, and one day having kids. 

Below is a list of 7 books written by female entrepreneurs that are as inspiring as they are strong. These books offer invaluable tips straight from the business pros. They’ll make you laugh, cry, but most importantly, they will give you the inspiration you need to make those positive changes in your career and life in this new year. 

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

What better way to start your GirlBoss journey than with the original book itself! Sophia Amoruso’s book, #GIRLBOSS, was one of the first books I read on female entrepreneurship. I LOVE books, but typically I would stick to fictional novels. One day, I was looking for my next read and stumbled upon her book, #GIRLBOSS. After looking into it (and finding out she works for Nasty Gal), I immediately ordered it. 

Sophia’s story is completely inspiring! She started out as a struggling young adult, selling clothes on eBay that she would find thrifting and alter them. After struggling for a while, she took matters into her own hands and turned this hobby into a full-time business! She’s now the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal and Girlboss. Her book tells about her story and how no matter where you come from or what you do, you can become a business success! Who better to learn how to be a GirlBoss from?

Interested in reading her book? Check it out here! 

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero is funny, relatable, and, you guessed it, inspiring! She makes you want to take a hard look at your life and let go of the fears, take the risks you’ve always wanted to take, make that money, and find that love. 

The book’s cover always caught my attention. It wasn’t until I finally picked it up and read the description that I realized this book was for me (and literally everyone in this world). Jen’s most important lesson teaches us how to identify and change the self-sabotaging behaviors that stop you from getting what you want to create a life you love. Jen teaches you how to be the badass you already are, you just need a little shove in the right direction! This book provides that shove! 

Interested in reading this book? Check it out here! 

The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmann

In Katty and Claire’s book, they share what it takes to become a success as a woman. They combine research in gender, genetics, behavior, and cognition to show that the key difference between men and women in the workplace is simply CONFIDENCE. 

When women have confidence, they are unstoppable. Women know they have what it takes, but sometimes knowing isn’t enough. Everyone needs a nudge every now and then. Katty and Claire tell women how to drop the insecurities and let their abilities shine! 

Interested in reading this book? Check it out here! 

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, is changing the conversation around women in the workplace. 

Sit down in your favorite chair and get ready to have a “chat” with Sheryl. This book is such an easy read but is so important! It will open your eyes to how women experience working life different from men and how to adapt to these differences, for the better. Women are belittled and looked down on, but Sheryl teaches us how to stand up for ourself and our crafts. She tells women how to stand up to their male counterpart and to be more visible in the workplace. 

Learn how to climb to the top of the ladder while being the smart, talented, and ambitious women you’ve always been! 

Interested in reading this book? Check it out here! 

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill it in Your Career, Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht

We all want to leave our mark on this earth, to show that we did something worth while. Aliza Licht teaches you just how to do it! 

Aliza is the poster child of PR for the fashion industry. She’s dealt with all kinds of editors, artists, and designers. Using the invaluable lessons from her amazing resume, her book shares advice, inspiration, and some real-talk for people starting their careers. 

Interested in reading this book? Check it out here! 

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I’ve always been a fan of Tina Fey, especially in her Saturday Night Live days. I’ve also always known that she’s a great comedian and an awesome actress. But, what I didn’t know was the long-winded, uphill battle she fought to secure her spot in comedy. Tina Fey is a true GirlBoss.

Tina’s book is hilarious, which is not surprising. And although she keeps it light, her writing tells women everywhere that instead of complaining about the injustices of the world, we should just laugh off the nonsense and make some money while doing it! 

Tina shows women that no matter the battles you face, you can come out stronger than your male counterpart. You may have to fight harder, but it’ll be that much more worth it! 

Interested in reading this book? Check it out here! 

Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men know about Success That Women Need to Learn by Gail Evans

Gail Evans is a powerhouse who knows a thing or two about business. Her resume includes working with the government to Executive Vice President of CNN. Jobs that are known to be male-dominated. 

In her book, Gail delivers a must-read for every woman who wants to learn to leverage her intrinsic power in the workplace. She uses humor and anecdotes from corporate life, she reveals the secrets to the playbook of success, and teaches women at all levels of careers how to play the game of business to their advantage. 

Interested in reading this book? Check it out here! 


Remember GirlBoss, you’re more than what people let you believe you are! So put on those heels (or sneakers), move to your own beat, and get ready to take over the world! 

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