The following books are my top five Girl Power books that will inspire you not only in the workplace, but in life, love, and at home.
Number one on my list just so happens to be oh so cleverly titled #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. In 2006, Amoruso, a 22-year-old hitchhiking, dumpster-diving, community college dropout with a lot of time on her hands, launched an eBay store called Nasty Gal Vintage. This impressive store led to a cult following of 60,000 fans. What began with a copy of Starting an eBay Business for Dummies grew into a global brand.
Eight years later, Nasty Gal has sold over $100 million in clothing and accessories both new and vintage, occupies a 65,000-square-foot office space in Los Angeles, employs over 350 people, and has over one million fans on Facebook and Instagram.
Find this impressive? So was the rest of the world. Luckily for us, Amoruso shared her secrets in a self-help business memoir cheekily titled #GirlBoss.
Number two on my list is The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy, and Gela Nash-Taylor. Part memoir, part business manual, and 100% juicy—the inside story of Juicy Couture, one of the most iconic brands of our times. While working together at a Los Angeles boutique, Pam and Gela became fast and furious friends over the impossibility of finding the perfect T-shirt. Following their vision of comfortable, fitted T-shirts, they set up shop in Gela’s one-bedroom Hollywood apartment with $200 and one rule: Whatever they did, they both had to be obsessed by it. The best friends’ project became Juicy Couture. Pam and Gela eventually sold their company to Liz Claiborne for $50 million, but not before they created a whole new genre of casual clothing that came to define California cool.
Number three on my list is the heroic true story of Malala Yousafzai: I am Malala. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The fourth book on my Girl Power Must read list is Kelly Cutrone’s If you Have to Cry Go Outside. I’m not sure how many of you ladies were super fans The Hills (Kelly was the no-nonsense boss of Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad) or her self-titled show on Bravo TV Kell on Earth, but I have followed this powerhouse since her humble beginnings and knew that I wanted to follow in her footsteps. In the New York Times bestseller If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, media maven Kelly Cutrone spills her secrets for success without selling out. She combines personal and professional stories to offer young professional women no-nonsense, brutally honest career advice—and other things their mothers never told them.
And last but certainly not least is The Audacity of Beauty which was written by yours truly, ME! This book took me over four years to assemble, edit, and compose. The Audacity of Beauty is a compilation of 35 life-changing stories that discuss relationships, body image, abuse, cancer, drugs, race, self-esteem, and death. The true stories in this book were carefully compiled by women from four continents. Each story reinforces the inner strength of a woman and the fact that self-love, acceptance and healing are attainable despite one’s past or present.
All five of these power packed books can be found on amazon and under $20. It’s time to sit back, relax, and read these inspirational books that will leave you feeling like you run the world!