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20 Inspiring Books For Female Entrepreneurs You Need to Know in 2020

BY Jessica Riley

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We all have those days.

Do you know the ones where you’re ticking all the boxes but missing that internal force that gives purpose to your day?

You might have created and established a successful business, but maintaining it on days where you can see little, if any, progress can be tough.

It’s in times like this that I like to surround myself with other unapologetically ambitious women who know exactly how hard it is to show up every day, even when there are no instant results. Thanks to The Société, I’m part of a thriving community of female entrepreneurs that are there to support each other, but it never hurts to get another view.

That’s why I love inspiring business books written by women who have built successful businesses and aren’t afraid to talk about their failures. You can learn so much from reading other people's stories and even be motivated by their successes.

To help you find your motivation again, I’ve shared 20 of my favorite inspiring books for female entrepreneurs. Whether you’re just starting out or already established, these books are sure to relight that fire.

the multi hyphen life book cover1 – The Multi-Hyphen Method – Emma Gannon

I am a huge Emma Gannon fangirl so it would only be right to start this list with one of her incredible books. The Multi-Hyphen Method is for anyone who is frustrated by the idea of a traditional 9-5 job. Inspiring you to work less, but create more, this is a great one for those who have more than one project on the go. SHOP NOW

jo malone autobiography uk book cover2 – My Story – Jo Malone

Jo Malone is known as the driving force behind leading beauty brands Jo Malone and Jo Loves, but do you know how she did it? Sharing her journey from leaving school with no qualifications to becoming one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, this is one of the most inspiring books for female entrepreneurs. SHOP NOW

beyond the boys club book cover3 – Beyond the Boys’ Club: Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male-Dominated Field – Suzanne Doyle-Morris

Have you ever felt like the only woman in the room? It’s no secret that there are fewer women in the boardroom than men and that is why getting inspiration from those who have achieved it is so important. With insights from senior women in organizations such as the University of Cambridge and Microsoft, you’ll find out what it’s really like to be a female CEO in Beyond the Boy's Club. SHOP NOW

do it like a woman book cover4 – Do It Like A Woman: … and Change The World – Caroline Criado-Perez

Are you deep in a motivation rut? Read Do It Like A Woman and discover some truly remarkable women that not only overcame huge obstacles but went on to become revolutionary pioneers. SHOP NOW

lean in book cover5 – Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

One of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg knows exactly what it is to be a woman with ambition. Sharing her own experience of working in some of the most successful businesses, you’ll find out what small changes you can make so you can reach the top too. SHOP NOW

inspiring books for female entrepreneurs6 – Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before: Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business – Marcella Allison

From solopreneurs to multimillion-dollar success stories, this book is a collection of over 60 letters from women who know exactly what it takes to run a business. Providing inspiration and lessons, it’s a great one to dip in and out of when you need a business boost. SHOP NOW

she speaks book cover7 – She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices – Yvette Cooper

If you’re looking for inspiration for public speaking, this is the book for you. Shining a light on incredible speeches made by women throughout history, you can’t help but feel motivated. Featuring everyone from Boudica to Greta Thunberg, there is bound to be a speech that will speak to you in She Speaks. SHOP NOW

strong woman inspiring books for female entrepreneurs8 – Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting To The Top – Karren Brady

One of my own personal inspirations, Karren Brady has defied the odds. Told that she had a brain aneurysm by doctors following a routine scan and that she must have an operation with a 30% chance of not surviving, Karren went on to become Vice-Chairwoman of West Ham United. Balancing a family and business, this is a great one for all you mumpreneurs. SHOP NOW

women who launch book cover9 – Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings – Marlene Wagman-Geller

A history of women in business, Women Who Launch is one of the best inspiring books for female entrepreneurs. Profiling some of the most influential women such as Estee Lauder and Julia Ward-Howe, you’ll be inspired by the true stories of women who have achieved lasting success. SHOP NOW

inside vogue book cover10 – Inside Vogue: My Diary of Vogue’s 100th Year – Alexandra Shulman

If you’ve ever wondered how accurate The Devil Wear’s Prada is, Inside Vogue is the book for you. The secret diary of British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Alexandra Shulman will show you that it takes a lot of hard work to create glossy results. SHOP NOW

in the company of women book cover11 – In The Company of Women – Grace Bonney

The perfect coffee table book for female entrepreneurs, In The Company of Women, will introduce you to over 100 influential and creative women. Covering all ages, races, backgrounds and industries you are sure to find someone who you can identify with and inspire you. SHOP NOW

shop girl book cover12 – Shop Girl – Mary Portas

Growing up as a trouble maker in a large family, Mary Portas understands the value of using your background as motivation. Working for retail icons such as Harrods and Topshop, Mary is best known for her work as the Creative Director of Harvey Nichols, transforming it into one of London’s most loved luxury fashion destinations. SHOP NOW

girl on fire book cover13 – Girl on Fire – Cara Leyba

The best-selling author of Girl Code, Girl on Fire shows you how you can start creating the life you dream of without asking for permission from anyone else. Championing women creating their own opportunities, you’ll soon be inspired to push through any hurdles in your business. SHOP NOW

how to be an overnight success inspiring books for female entrepreneurs14 – How To Be An Overnight Success – Maria Hatzistefanis

Founder of the global beauty success, Rodial, Maria Hatzistefanis was branded an ‘overnight success’ following the launch of the cult ‘snake’ serum. However, if you read this book, you’ll soon learn that this achievement was the result of 18 years of hard work. Full of advice and top tips, Maria shares some of her most important lessons and teaches you the importance of patience. SHOP NOW

dear female founder book cover15 – Dear Female Founder – Lu Li

Real and honest, Dear Female Founder is a collection of 66 letters from women entrepreneurs who have made $1 Billion in Revenue. Sharing the advice they wish they had been given, you’ll be able to learn from the wisdom of women who have done it before you. SHOP NOW

inspiring books for female entrepreneurs16 – Let It Go: My Extraordinary Story – Dame Stephanie Shirley, CH

Arriving in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee during World War Two, Dame Stephanie Shirley, CH went on to become a pioneer in technology. From creating a software company to transferring ownership to her staff, Stephanie’s story will make you focus on what you can give rather than receive. SHOP NOW

Arianna Huffington inspiring books for female entrepreneurs17 – Thrive – Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post. She is also unarguably one of the most influential women in the world. Showing you that you should be looking for more than just money and power, Thrive is one of the most inspiring books for female entrepreneurs. SHOP NOW

tamara Mellon autobiography book cover18 – In My Shoes – Tamara Mellon

Co-founder of the iconic Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon shares how she became one of the most successful self-made British businesswomen. This book is ideal for fashionistas and entrepreneurs. In My Shoes is an honest account of the highs and lows of building a successful brand. SHOP NOW

the female lead inspiring books for female entrepreneurs19 – The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World – Edwina Dunn and Brigitte Lacombe

The story of 60 inspirational from all walks of life, The Female Lead will inspire you to take charge of your business. Profiling everyone from firefighters to film stars, you’ll be able to see what women who are unapologetically ambitious can achieve. SHOP NOW

200 women inspiring books for female entrepreneurs20 – 200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World – Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday and Kieran Scott

What happens when you ask 200 women from all types of background the same five questions? You find out what mindset truly drives success. Featuring influential women such as animal welfare activist Jane Goodall and Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberta Menchu, you’ll soon discover that your outlook on life is your biggest asset. SHOP NOW

Comment below some of your favorite inspiring books for female entrepreneurs is and let’s help each other succeed!

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