Ivanka Trump has a new book out, and good for her. Also good for you if your life and career trajectory align with hers. For many of us, that’s not the case. Luckily, there are lots of books that can help women succeed in their jobs and work lives from all kinds of different people with all kinds of different careers. Here are ten to get you started:
One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash Career by Marci Alboher
Being a multi-hyphenate isn’t just for singer/actor/producers like Justin Timberlake anymore. More and more of us are finding ways to funnel different kinds of creative energy into side jobs or are putting together a variety of part-time jobs in order to create a work life that truly balances work and life. In One Person/Multiple Careers, Alboher talks about how you could do it too.
Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett
Inspired by a group of female friends and peers who would gather with their frustrations with workplace sexism, Bennett’s Feminist Fight Club offers strategies for women trying to navigate those same situations. Balancing humor, anecdotes, and research, the book is a great option for those who need empathy, advice, and hilarious infographics.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Anyone who’s had to work hard can tell you that hard work is the key to success, and psychologist Angela Duckworth has the research to prove it. Growing up, Duckworth’s father told her often that she was “no genius,” so it was ironic when she was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship – aka, the “genius grant” – for her work showing that your life and career come down to much more than your test scores.
Fewer and fewer jobs require the traditional 9 to 5 schedule and cubicle desk space that has, for decades, been the norm for people in professional positions. As work lives become less likely to fit a traditional model, Goodman offers up tips on managing a career as a freelancer.
You’re always rolling the dice when you pick up a “my life serving in the White House” memoir; there’s a pretty good chance you just spent $15 on 300 pages of humble-bragging and name-dropping. Mastromonaco’s approach is different, though. She recognizes up front that there aren’t a lot of women who’ve been able to achieve the kind of success in the political realm that she has, and she’s writing about how she did it and how they could do it too.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Some people thought of Yes Please as a comedy memoir they liked less than Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I thought of it as a “navigating your career as a woman” book that I liked more than Lean In (which I also liked, to be fair). It’s all about expectations. Regardless, Poehler’s advice and experience are valuable to women working in any field dominated by men.
It would be enough for Shonda Rhimes just to write about her many accomplishments being a wildly successful writer and producer. That book alone could serve as a textbook in a 101 class on Getting Shit Done. But Rhimes goes a step further in the entertaining and accessible Year of Yes and writes about the way she challenged herself to step out of her comfort zone and start saying “yes” to things.
Double Bind: Women on Ambition edited by Robin Romm
You let your feminist flag fly wherever you go…but are you ambitious? If you are, are you willing to admit it to yourselves and others? This collection of essays by women including Roxane Gay and Theresa Rebeck focuses on ambition and the baggage it carries for working women.
Women in management positions are constantly trying to navigate the fine line between being a “pushover” and being a “bitch.” Scott, who taught classes on being a good boss at Apple, shares her framework for management that will work for both a supervisor and her staff.
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Hey, you know who’s done pretty well for herself career-wise? Anyone whose title is “ US Supreme Court Justice.” Reading about what Sonia Sotomayor had to navigate and overcome to get there can offer readers of all stripes inspiration and a gentle reminder that you kinda don’t have any excuses.