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Blinkist’s Women Empowerment Books – A Must-Read

Are you ready to flip the script on your worldview? Step into the realm of Blinkist, where each women's empowerment book is a gateway to new horizons. Transform your perspectives, one page at a time.
by Chris Allmer | Dec 5 2023

In a world where only 11% of countries have women as Heads of State, the stark reality highlighted by UN Women is that 9 out of 10 key leadership roles are filled by men. This significant imbalance underscores the critical need for gender parity in leadership and decision-making across the globe.

Women empowerment books, therefore, play an essential role. Far from being mere sources of inspiration, these books are vital instruments in the quest for gender equality.

They offer not just education but practical insights and guidance, empowering women to navigate and challenge a world where their voices and roles are too often sidelined.

Our selection of women empowerment books at Blinkist is a crucial part of our gender equality books collection. Let’s take a look at the most influential books featured on Blinkist:

1. Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach

This book serves as a guide for women to achieve financial empowerment. It navigates through the essentials of saving, investing, and building a life centered around personal values.

David Bach emphasizes the importance of aligning financial decisions with personal goals, encouraging women to take charge of their financial destinies.

“Money is not an end in itself. It is merely a tool to help us achieve some particular goal. If the way we handle our money conflicts with our personal values, we are not going to wind up living happy and fulfilled lives.”
David Bach​​

2. The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine

This book is a deep dive into the neuroscience of the female brain, exploring how hormonal changes influence women’s behaviors and life stages. Brizendine’s work provides a scientific perspective on the unique experiences and challenges faced by women.

“Women have less direct relationship to anger…Instead of triggering a quick action response in the brain, as it does in males, anger in girls and women moves through the brain’s gut feeling, conflict-pain anticipation, and verbal circuits.”
Louann Brizendine

3. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer

A seminal work in feminist literature, this book challenges societal norms and expectations imposed on women. Germaine Greer urges women to redefine femininity and take ownership of their bodies, sexuality, and lives.

“It takes a great deal of courage and independence to decide to design your own image instead of the one that society rewards, but it gets easier as you go along.”
Germaine Greer

4. Financial Independence for Women and Mothers, hosted by Farnoosh Torabi featuring Rachel Rodgers

This podcast summary offers valuable insights into achieving financial independence, particularly for women and mothers. The guidance from Rachel Rodgers focuses on the empowerment that comes with financial freedom and the power to make choices.

“I think every woman should have a financial independence, but… it’s not just for the money. It’s for the security and the power that comes with it.”
Reba McEntire

5. Women and Power by Mary Beard

This book examines the historical treatment of powerful women and the cultural roots of misogyny. Mary Beard brings a unique perspective, questioning the traditional definitions of power and advocating for a broader understanding of women’s roles in society.

“We have no template for what a powerful woman looks like, except that she looks rather like a man.”
Mary Beard​​

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Books by Women Authors

In today’s literary landscape, where female authors constitute approximately 50.45% of the US authorship, exploring books written by women is not merely a nod to gender equality—it’s an enriching journey into diverse life experiences and viewpoints. Let’s take a look at why these books deserve a special place on our bookshelves:

1. Walking in Different Shoes

Imagine stepping into a myriad of lives, each shaped by unique experiences and challenges. That’s what you get when you read books by women.

Whether it’s the stirring journey of self-discovery in Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” or the poignant introspection in Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar,” these stories are like conversations with friends who have incredible tales to share.

2. Breaking the Mold

Ever caught yourself thinking, “That’s just how women are supposed to be”? Well, women writers have been turning these stereotypes on their head for years.

From Jane Austen’s sharp observations of her society to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful take on feminism, these books push us to think beyond the clichés.

3. A Rollercoaster of Emotions

It’s not just about the plot; it’s how these stories make you feel. Women’s writings often weave intricate emotional tapestries that can leave you deeply moved.

Think of the rich, complex relationships in Elena Ferrante’s novels or the heart-wrenching narratives in Toni Morrison’s work. It’s storytelling that resonates on a deeply personal level.

4. Real Heroes, Real Stories

Sometimes the most powerful stories are true ones. Reading about real women who’ve faced incredible odds, like Malala Yousafzai’s fight for education in “I Am Malala” or Maya Angelou’s journey in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” is not just inspiring; it’s a reminder of the strength and resilience that lies within all of us.

5. Expanding Horizons

Picking up a book by a female author is like opening a door to a new world. It’s not about reading ‘women’s literature’; it’s about enriching your perspective.

These books offer a lens to view life from angles you might not have considered, broadening your understanding of the world.

And following the insightful overviews of the women empowerment books, it’s worth highlighting the “Women Icons” collection curated by Blinkist. This specially curated selection is not just a list of books; it’s a journey into the hearts and minds of some of history’s most influential women.

The Women Icons Collection on Blinkist

Whether you’re seeking new ideas, fresh perspectives, or a dose of inspiration, the “Women Icons” collection on Blinkist is your entrance to the extraordinary complexity of women’s experiences and viewpoints. Read them here:

These books, succinctly summarized for convenience and understanding, offer us a chance to pause and consider the broader implications of women’s empowerment in today’s world.

And as you dive into the world of women’s empowerment through our curated collection, why not also get inspired by real-life success stories? Meet the incredible women behind the multi-million dollar startup Blinkist.

Based in Berlin, Blinkist owes much of its success to these amazing women who drive innovation and excellence every day. Read more in Blinkist Magazine.

Blinkist, always got your back. We invite you to continue your exploration of the strengths and wisdom of women with our book summaries and overviews. Click here to get the first seven days of your journey for free.

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