It’s no secret that women are great at what they do, but everyone could use a little motivation now and then. We’ve rounded up six audiobooks by successful businesswomen that aim to empower women to take risks, build confidence, and start conversations in and about the workplace.
Itâ€™s true that the old rules didnâ€™t get us as far as we hoped. But we can go the distance, and we can close the gaps that still exist. We just need a new way. In fact, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future, says former Wall Street powerhouse-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck. Thatâ€™s because the business world is changing fastOWN IT
As they faced unexpectedly fraught decisions about their own lives, journalists Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace found themselves wondering about the women they’d graduated alongside. What happened to these women who seemed set to reap the rewards of second-wave feminism, on the brink of taking over the world? Where did their ambition lead them? So they tracked down their classmates and, over several hundred hours of interviews, gathered and mapped data about real women’s lives that has been missing from our conversations about women and the workplace. THE AMBITION DECISIONS
Balancing work and family life is a constant struggle, especially for women with children and ambitious career goals. Itâ€™s been the subject of countless books, articles, blog posts and tweets in the last few years, and passions run high in all directions. Now Laura Vanderkam, the acclaimed time management expert, comes at the â€śhaving it allâ€ť debate by asking a very practical question. Given that we all have the same 168 hours every week, how do people who do have it allâ€”women with thriving careers and familiesâ€”use those hours? I KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to â€śsit at the table,â€ť seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. LEAN IN
You donâ€™t need dozens or hundreds of employees to be a boss, says financial expert and serial entrepreneur Nicole Lapin. Hell, you donâ€™t even need one. You just need to be confident, savvy, and ready to get out there and make your success happen. You need to find your inner Boss Bitch â€” your most confident, savvy, ambitious selfâ€”and own it. BOSS BITCH
In 2015, Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. Her suit rocked the tech worldâ€”and exposed its toxic culture and its homogeneity. Though Pao lost her suit, she revolutionized the conversation at tech offices, in the media, and around the world. In Reset, she tells her full story for the first time.RESET