Summer is here time to grab a book and head to the beach! I have to admit most of the books below are not light reading but they will leave you inspired, enlightened and more. Looking at the list its not difficult to see what I am interested in… Women and Girls! So here’s a list of the top 8 books I’m ready to dive into! (Click on the links to visit the books Amazon page and their description is included)
“Girls Like Us: Fight for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale” A Memoir By Rachel Lloyd
During her teens, Rachel Lloyd ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. With time, through incredible resilience, and with the help of a local church community, she finally broke free of her pimp and her past and devoted herself to helping other young girls escape “the life.” In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark world of commercial sex trafficking in cinematic detail and tells the story of her groundbreaking nonprofit organization: GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. With great humanity, she shares the stories of the girls whose lives GEMS has helped—small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.
Personal note – I have had the honor or hearing Rachel speak and she is one incredible woman. She is definitely on my list of true ‘wonder women.’
“Why She Buys” The New Strategy for Reaching the World’s Most Powerful Consumers By Bridget Brennan
Gender is the most powerful determinant of how a person views the world and everything in it. It’s stronger than age, income, or race. While there are mountains of research done every year segmenting consumers and analyzing why they buy, more often than not it doesn’t factor in the one piece of information that trumps them all: the sex of the buyer. It’s stunning how many companies overlook the psychology of gender when we all know that men and women look at the world so differently.
Personal note – I am anxious to read this book to understand the power we have as consumers. If we were more willing to use that power to support our values we could truly change the world for the better.
“The New Feminist Agenda” Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family By Madeleine M. Kunin
Feminists opened up thousands of doors in the 1960s and 1970s, but decades later, are U.S. women where they thought they’d be? The answer, it turns out, is a resounding no. Surely there have been gains. Women now comprise nearly 60 percent of college undergraduates and half of all medical and law students. They have entered the workforce in record numbers, making the two-wage-earner family the norm. But combining a career and family turned out to be more complicated than expected. While women changed, social structures surrounding work and family remained static. Affordable and high-quality child care, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work remain elusive for the vast majority of working women. In fact, the nation has fallen far behind other parts of the world on the gender-equity front. We lag behind more than seventy countries when it comes to the percentage of women holding elected federal offices. Only 17 percent of corporate boards include women members. And just 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by women. It’s time, says Madeleine M. Kunin, to change all that. Looking back over five decades of advocacy, she analyzes where progress stalled, looks at the successes of other countries, and charts the course for the next feminist revolution–one that mobilizes women, and men, to call for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve the lives of women and strengthen their families.
Dan Abrams tackles the toughest case of his career in Man Down. Drawing on years of legal experience and research studies, Abrams explains step-by-step why women are better than men in just about every way imaginable, from managing money to flying planes to living longer. Abrams uses his trademark charm to get his point across without opining on the issue himself. Chock-full of fun facts and conversation starters, this book may not end the debate of men versus women, but it will definitely make it more interesting.
Personal note – WOW. I can’t believe a dude wrote this book. Dan explains that he did not write this book because he is a huge feminist or anything, but rather he came across some research and decided to dig deeper. After looking at much evidence he comes to this amazing conclusions, that women are better then men at almost everything. For me it is never about an either/or, but a both/and. I don’t think you need to put men down to lift women up but that said, awesome book dude!
“The F Word: Feminism in Jeopardy” Women, Politics, and the Future By Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
It took 144 years for women to gain the right to vote; today women only have to turn 18. Yet, in the 2000 presidential election, nearly 19 million young women declined to vote. Today’s young women avoid both the word “feminist” and the ballot box for similar reasons. Too confining, they say, parties and labels don’t define me. but all young women can accurately be described as struggling- struggling to balance work and family, struggling against a widening wage gap, struggling to have their concerns and issues taken seriously. “The F-Word” reminds women of their incredible latent power, challenging them to move beyond labels and to work to protect and further women’s rights and freedoms.
Personal note – I met Kristen last year and she is one incredible woman. She started MOMSRISING
, “a network of people untied but the goal of building a more family friendly America” which is having incredible impact on a variety of issues. She is truly a noteworthy woman leader of our generation and you will be hearing a lot more about this her. But the book and support MOMSRISING.
A universal approach that blends global philosophies and principles to help you create a life of meaning, success, and happiness by aligning your actions with your greatest goals and deepest values. In order to achieve what you want in life, first set a goal that you will never be able to attain. This is the advice of Harvard-trained leadership expert Anthony Silard, CEO of the Executive Leadership Institute and leadership coach to many highly successful individuals. Reaching for at least one seemingly unattainable ideal and then aligning your actions with that goal is one of the keys to unlocking your personal power and discovering the life you desire.
In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
Personal note – a DEAR friend gave me this book and I am loving it. A day does not go by where I am not beating myself up for something and Brene says ‘enough!’ When we can love ourselves, then we can come in to our full potential to make a difference in this world. I may have to do a whole blog on this book… truly special.
“Dare, Dream, Do” Remarkable Things Happen when you Dare to Dream By Whitney Johnson
Whitney Johnson, popular Harvard Business Review blogger, has a goal: to help us identify and achieve our dreams. Her belief is that we can each achieve greater happiness when focusing both on our dreams and on other people in our lives. In this inspiring book, Johnson directs her attention to teaching women, in particular, a three-step model for personal advancement and happiness.
Personal note – I have the pleasure of knowing the author and again, what a wonder woman!
“Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom: A Women’s Guide to Enjoying Wealth and Power” By Carol Pepper and Camilla Webster
Today women cycle repeatedly but not in any traditional order through these stages: wealth building, romance and marriage, motherhood, power, crisis and loss, retirement, legacy building. In The Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom, experts Carol Pepper and Camilla Webster offer women one invaluable pearl of wisdom for each of these key areas, helping them move beyond outdated financial-planning ideas to enjoy their power, transforming both their money and their lives.
Personal note – I have the honor of being featured in this incredible book that has received outstanding reviews. This is a must read for all women if they want to understand and embrace their finances.
Within a generation, more households will be supported by women than by men. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy takes us to the exciting frontier of this new economic order: she shows us why this flip is inevitable, what painful adjustments will have to be made along the way, and how both men and women will feel surprisingly liberated in the end.