Work and Money
The Top New Business Books Written by Women
Knowledge is power, but not unless you use what you know. One of the best ways to get this knowledge is the old-fashioned way — reading books. While there are a ton of classic business books that teach us how to make more money, like Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich or Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad, very few of these books are written by women.
Now more than ever, it’s important to support female business authors, many of whom have different perspectives, life experiences, and usually take a multitasking approach to controlling their finances.
Here are the top new business books out in 2022 written by women, which are part self-help, part financial education, and all-around success stories. They are written by female CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business founders who built millions from scratch.
1Women Talk Money: Breaking the Taboo
Edited by feminist writer Rebecca Walker, this book is like a TED Talk variety show, with women experts speaking their mind. This anthology features various essays written by women, including Alice Walker, Rachel Cargle, Tracy McMillan, and Sonya Renee Taylor. More than anything, the book demystifies money and uses real-life experiences to show how to survive financial struggles and gain wealth, financial or otherwise.
2Network Is Not a Verb: The Authentic Way to Build Meaningful Professional Relationships for Lifetime Success
Out on April 22, this book spells out the art of networking, but not in a pushy, sales pitch type of way. As the author Ellen Poole asks: "Do you maintain an extensive list of contacts and spend countless hours at events handing out business cards ― but wonder why your connections rarely translate into meaningful support?" The book details how to build professional relationships through a healthy give-and-take with contacts, rather than bulldozing people with your business card. It's about what she calls "forging meaningful bonds" and why that is so key in business today.
3We Should All Be Millionaires: A Woman’s Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power
This powerful book written by Rachel Rodgers is gaining buzz for helping women become millionaires. In fact, only 10% of millionaires are women. Rodgers, a Black attorney and mother of four, teaches women how to aim higher, far beyond $100k, and hustle for what she calls "$10k in 10 days." This must-have book is filled with moneymaking strategies.
4Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
This book, written by Bridgerton creator Shonda Rhimes, is a business memoir that teaches women to say yes to more opportunities. It expands on her TED Talk on the same topic and traces her own journey from writer to actor to producer and then creator of her TV production company, Shondaland. As Rhimes writes in the book, “Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral. Pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.”
56-Figure Blueprints and Beyond: How 50 Entrepreneurs Made It and How Can You Too
Out on August 2, this book is a collection of inspiring stories from 50 entrepreneurs (venture capitalists, chief technology officers, consultants, and TV hosts) who made it — and the mistakes they made along the way. It’s a guide to overcoming difficulties and reaching success with persistence, patience, inner strength, and genius. Written by the CEO of Leaders Press Alinka Rutkowska, it’s a blueprint of success for future entrepreneurs who are working on their own businesses.
6Courage by Design: Ten Commandments +1 for Moving Past Fear to Joy, Fulfillment, and Purpose
Written by hospitality business leader Dee M. Robinson, this book details how to be successful through a series of 10 commandments, from finding your calling, to trusting faith, overcoming fear, and choosing smart allies who are "focused on solutions." Robinson is an entrepreneur who founded Robinson Hill, a retail and food airport concession management firm in 1995.
7Choosing to Prosper: Triumphing Over Adversity, Breaking Out of Comfort Zones, Achieving Your Life and Money Dreams
Out on July 6, this book is written by Bola Sokunbi, the founder of Clever Girl Finance, a financial education instructor and money expert. This book is loaded with practical advice and tips on how women can build successful careers and turn dreams into a reality.
8Power Hour: How to Focus on Your Goals and Create a Life You Love
This book, out September 1, is a motivational how-to about slowing down and taking an hour for yourself, taking that hour and focusing on your aspirations and goals away from the everyday hustle and bustle of your busy workweek. Written by Adrienne Herbert, who hosts the Power Hour podcast and a BBC Radio show, she always has words of wisdom to share on the climb to success. Whether it's starting your own business, getting fit, or stepping up your game, the author says: "Stop waiting for the right time, or for more time, start with just one hour today."