The Top 16 Most Inspirational Books for Women

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Are you lacking inspiration and looking for a way to get back on track? Don’t miss this curated list of the Top 16 Most Inspirational Books for Women.

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Whether it is a memoir by a woman who has found success or a book that encourages women to follow their dreams, the one thing we know for sure that the empowerment of women is so important in this day and age.

Find a woman who inspires you and use her as your guide as you slowly but surely make your way towards whatever it is that you’re pursuing in your life.

Oftentimes, the most successful women can be seen as mentors to the next generation as they pass their knowledge on through books, courses, and speaking gigs at both independent and mainstream events across the globe.

In this specific article, we’re going to dive into some of the most inspirational books for women — books that motivate you, books that make you think differently.

Looking for a reason to make a change in your life? Looking to adopt a new mentality, become more inspired and driven in every aspect of life? Well, we’ve got you covered.

Below, you’ll find our curated list of the Top 16 Most Inspirational Books for Women. Browse through this list and do yourself a favor and choose a book that you feel the most connected to.

Table of Contents

  1. Inspirational Books For Women
  2. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life 
  3. Be Unapologetically You
  4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life 
  5. My Life on the Road
  6. Bossypants 
  7. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals 
  8. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person 
  9. The Moment of Lift 
  10. In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It 
  11. Becoming 
  12.  #GirlBoss 
  13. Men Explain Things to Me 
  14. How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back from Happiness
  15. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know 
  16. Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want 
  17. Tiny Beautiful Things

Inspirational Books For Women

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Author: Samantha Irby

A collection of essays that talk about numerous things in life like challenges of growing up, facing the truths of life, and even motivational stories that will definitely inspire you to face all of your struggles head on. The best thing about this book is that there are a lot of funny stories, which will make you laugh page after page.

Be Unapologetically You

 Author: Adeline Bird 

A great book about motivation, self-love, and self-care, and specially focusing on the tough journey in life, and finding out how putting yourself first is the key to a lot of problems. Changing your perspective in life can be transformative, and Adeline Bird does a great job at explaining to women the importance of investing time, love, and effort in yourself.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Author: Jen Sincero 

Sincero dedicates this book to women as a guide to life and a way to learn how to be incredibly successful by not doubting yourself. Learning to recognize your power and your potential is a great quality in a powerful woman, and it is one of the major keys to success. The author explains through personal advice and her own stories how she was able to stop doubting her greatness in order to be where she is today — a truly successful and inspirational woman. 

My Life on the Road

Author: Gloria Steinem 

This is another great book for women written by a woman and directed to other females with the purpose of motivating others. Through this book, Gloria Steinem shares her experiences of fighting for women’s rights in the past years, she talks about her purpose, and where her motivation came from. Her book is a great tool for women to use in order to find motivation in their lives and to set out a purpose and a goal for everything that they want to accomplish.


Author: Tina Fey

Actress and Comedian Tina Fey wrote a book on her hilarious journey in life, of all the ups and downs she went through in order to become who she is today. Her story can be quite inspiring for a lot of women, her tales are funny and exciting and they can motivate a lot of women into pursuing their dreams regardless of who they are. The main concept in Tina Fey’s book is remaining truthful to yourself, and changing your perspective of the world in order to achieve your dreams.

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

Author: Rachel Hollis

If you are looking for a book that empowers women this is definitely it. Stop apologizing for being yourself and for doing what you truly love, and simply take over the reins of your life and make your own decisions. In a certain way, this book is far more than motivational and inspiring, it is a guide to achieving your goals without caring what others might think of you. At the end of the day, it is more important what you think of yourself than what others do. Embrace a shame-free life by being truthful to yourself, read this book in order to learn how to empower yourself as a woman, and become stronger in every aspect of your life.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Author: Shonda Rhimes

You have probably heard of the famous Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the popular TV series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Throughout her successful career, Rhimes has managed to write a book talking about her life-long experiences, motivating other women to leave their comfort zones in order to achieve some much-needed changes in their lives. This book is motivational and inspiring to anyone who reads it as it will guide you through positive changes by adopting a “yes” mentality. This means that instead of saying “no” to opportunities, you will devote your life to being more open-minded and accepting challenges as they come.

The Moment of Lift

Author: Melinda Gates

This great book has gained a lot of popularity among women as it meant to support those females that lack inspiration or drive in their lives. This book will make any woman feel empowered as they read it, after all, it talks about the numerous ways on how society brings women down, and Melinda Gates talks about her experiences in this exact situation and how any woman can overcome them. Her narrative will make you understand a lot of things about society and how they treat women, and in addition, it will teach you how to walk out of situations or people that are not favorable to you, and how to find a purpose and let it guide you through life. 

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It

Author: Lauren Graham  

One of the Gilmore Girls stars, Lauren Graham writes a book on inspiring stories and motivational tales from her own life, in order to spark wisdom into other people’s lives. Her own experiences serve as a great inspiration to her readers as all of her advice is not only authentic and funny, but they are relatable. There is nothing better than the feeling of a successful woman that talks about life in a relatable way to others. For tons of women, it is inspiring seeing how someone very similar to themselves, has been able to make it on their own, and thus books like this one inspire women to become the best imaginable versions of themselves.


Author: Michelle Obama

Becoming is by far one of the most inspirational books for women on the market. Becoming by former first lady Michelle Obama has been such a motivational read to lots of women out there. Through this autobiography, Michelle Obama talks about the challenges that she had to go through in life and how she was able to overcome each one of them. Her story is truly inspiring, as even with tons of challenges and obstacles she was able to rise and become a leader and a mentor to tons of women and men around the world. Her story is truly powerful and reading it will definitely inspire you to do anything that you want to do in life.  


Author: Sophia Amoruso

Truly an inspiring story, Sophia Amoruso, the creator of Nasty Gal shares the complicated story of her career and personal experiences that lead her to launch Nasty Gal. This story is definitely an inspiring one as Amoruso talks about how she started from zero, without a job or any savings, and how she started to launch her business through a simple idea until it looked off and became the successful business that it is today. This book is meant for women who are looking for career books, to feel inspired by other people’s stories who have essentially made it and accomplished their dreams by overcoming all obstacles. 

Men Explain Things to Me

Author: Rebecca Solnit 

A book definitely meant for women who are tired of having men explain things to them as if they were unable to understand and grasp the same information as them. It is a funny and relatable novel of women who are tired of believing that only men have the answers to everything when in reality, both women and men are equally great. This is an inspiring story on gender equality, and it leads women to understand how they are great beings capable of anything that they set their minds to.

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back from Happiness

Author: Andrea Owen 

Owen talks through her book on how to improve yourself, and how to find purpose and happiness in life by working on yourself. The most important thing in life is true happiness, and therefore there shouldn’t be anything holding you back. This book isn’t just about reading a couple of tips and attempting to use them in your life, on the contrary, the purpose of this book is meant to be transformative in women’s lives in order to empower themselves and truly start paying attention to themselves before anything else around them. Don’t just find your purpose in life, but fill your life with things that make you happy and have you feeling fulfilled. This book works as an inspiration and a guide to women who want to achieve a major change in their lives.

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know

Authors: Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

The authors of this book talk about the importance of having confidence in order to achieve greater success in life and in your career. Both authors offer a guide on how to grow one’s confidence in order to succeed and to become stronger beings in life. Through experiences and stories, this book is truly an inspirational tool in order to become the best version of yourself and see how confidence can change a lot of things about who you are and the decisions that you take in your career. Become better every day, and improve yourself by believing in who you are as a person. Follow the advice of these authors in order to see what is the best way to do it, and how you can adapt this confidence code in your daily life.

Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want

Authors: Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever

If you are the sort of woman that is quiet and lets things pass you by because of fear of not asking for what you deserve, then this is the perfect book for you. Through this book, the authors teach women how to recognize their power and how to maximize their potential by accepting what is true for them. Either if it is the promotion, the job, the task, or anything that you think that you deserve, this book will teach you how to raise your voice in order to get it. The key here is knowing how to ask for what you want and what you deserve, and not let opportunities pass you by because of a lack of confidence or not asking for things. 

Tiny Beautiful Things

Author: Cheryl Strayed  

This book touches on tons of important subjects for women, including self-love, and being more present for yourself. The importance of self-love in anyone’s life is truly the key to happiness. How are women meant to be mothers, businesswomen, bosses, wives, if they don’t take care of themselves first? This book is a guide to teach women about self-love in order to motivate themselves to become better in every aspect of their lives. One tiny beautiful act of self-love can go a long way in a woman’s life.

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