F.W.B.W, doesn’t have the same ring to it as F.U.B.U. but you get where I’m going here. In honor of Women’s History Month, I put together a list of books written by women for women. I haven’t been on my reading game this year like I should, so I believe this is the perfect time to pick up a great read. Consequently, I asked a few boss women what they were reading or have read and created a diverse list of books we can dive into. From finance to self-help, to fiction, it’s time we all get inspired by each other.
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F.W.B.W Book List
Thursday nights would be NOTHING without Shondaland! Shonda Rhimes, if you haven’t heard, is the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder. Year of Yes highlights how saying YES for one year ultimately changed her life. There are always benefits of being an introvert, which is having nothing to fear. Unexpectedly, Shonda’s sister presented her with a challenge: just for a year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Reluctantly, she said yes and here we are with the pages to prove the transformation. Read this book to see the chronicles of living by one word and the impact it has on Shonda’s life.
Within our lifetime, we have seen a shift in culture that embraces entrepreneurs and overcoming adversity to start creative businesses. In the Company of Women features over 100 exceptional and influential leaders profiles what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams. Each inspiring interview ranges in races, ages, backgrounds, and industries all providing insight into what success really means, overcoming obstacles, staying true to yourself, and so much more. In essence, this collection of empowering advice and inspiration is perfect for the next generation of entrepreneurs and makers.
My girl Gabby has been my favorite since her days with the Clovers (Bring It On, duh). We all can recall when Gabrielle Union’s editorial arguing the compassion society has on sexual violence victims a month before the release of The Birth of a Nation film. The forty-four-year-old actress revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault by sharing her vulnerable and genuine side. Uncovering her layers, she tackled her experiences with bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood. In addition, she shares her upbringing in white, suburbia California, spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska and the divorce of her parents. Ultimately, we learn the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing your truth. Naturally, Gabrielle Union’s fearlessness compels us to be authentic and empathetic through self-doubt and self-discovery.
Ranked as #1 Best Seller in Business Professional’s Biographies, “Lean In” has been praised by top executives and the like. Sheryl Sandberg speaks on the topics us women spend hours discussing in our group chats. From being a woman in the workplace, the difficulty of balancing work and family, and being an ambition go-getter. In the age of #Timesup, Sandberg highlights why women are held back both in society and the workplace and the importance of breaking the glass ceiling. In essence, Lean In empowers its audience to ask the question, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’. As a millennial in the generation of entrepreneurship, this book is on my reading list.
“To speak totally frankly, if you look at the personal finance category on Amazon, every other book in the top ten is probably written by a white man over 40, and half of the books are by the same two men,” author Chelsea Fagan told ELLE.com. The Financial Diet teaches the necessary tools to make a budget and a deadline, understanding investments and managing your credit. Overall, The Financial Diet provides a holistic overview of finance. As a new entrepreneur, this is on my list! I’m a SAVING QUEEN, but it can’t hurt to learn more. Fagan speaks to her audience as a DGAF best friend instead of a helicopter parent. Making money choices is essentially about what is best for you; from the wardrobe you purchase, the food in your fridge (including the takeout), and your financial relationship habits.
If you’re looking for a book to read in your leisure time, this one comes HIGHLY recommended. If you thought marriage in this day and age was rocky, meet this young couple Anne and Marco Conti and their “friendly neighbors”. Everything is supposedly going great at a dinner party when the worst happens. When a terrible crime is committed, the suspicion is naturally placed on the parents. Eventually, the sequence of events begins to unfold along with years worth of secrets. To sum up, the complicated story follows the unraveling of a family, deception, and unfaithfulness that will leave you breathless with the final shocking twist.
Women are a powerful force to be reckoned with; however, what happens when life throws you a curveball? As women, we need to regroup, rethink, and reassess our situations, as well as learn to manage the excess weight of our never-ending to-do lists. Woman to Woman: Straight to the Point empowers us by providing a day-to-day guide to conquering life’s obstacles without losing sight to what the main objective is. In addition, Dr. Perrin teaches women how to navigate through past challenges, celebrate successes, and live a life free of guilt. Maxine Water said we need to reclaim our time; this book will help with your healing journey.
Let’s dive into the achievement and contributions of black women around the world. Author Beverly Bond is an award-winning entrepreneur, culture leader, and creator of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement.Black Girls Rock! is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing. Providing insight from women of diverse backgrounds, the book covers topics such as the true essence of holistic beauty, modern-day black feminist thought, and creativity and how it’s used to stay in tune with your magic. Solange Knowles-Ferguson, Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Angela Davis, Maxine Waters, just to name a few, speak their truths within the book. Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic and Rocking Our Truth is a celebration of black women’s voices and experiences that will energize and empower every reader for generations to come.
Fair warning if you aren’t a religious person, this book may not be for you; however, prayer is a powerful weapon. You need the protection when dealing with the enemy. The enemy has one job, destroying and keeping everyone from experiencing abundant life. New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer has written a guide to crafting your prayers with strategies to strike the enemy back. Each chapter addresses the topics of passion, identity, family, regrets, temptation, fears, and even bitterness. Additionally, tear-out sheets are included to write personalized prayer strategies for yourself as well as loved ones. Use Fervant to get your prayer life together.
Research has presented numerous times how phenomenal black women are. How Exceptional Black Women Lead brings hard data, research, and countless personal advice to unlock the secrets to exceptional success for today’s Black woman. Notably, 70 exceptional Black women leaders, each who’ve blazed a trail in corporations and/or non-profit organizations, share strategies and techniques that result in breaking away from the pack. How Exceptional Black Women Lead features: Vanessa De Luca (Editor-in-Chief, Essence Magazine); Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson (International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Sr. Vice President, Goodwill Industries); Dee Marshall, (Entrepreneur, Television Personality); Dr. Paulette Walker, (National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.); Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Mayor, City of Baltimore); and many, many more.
Quite long, but nevertheless the end of my list of F.W.B.W books! What F.W.B.W books would you add to the list? Comment with your book selections below!
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