In the 21st century, most women no longer have dreams of being housewives who prepare home-cooked casseroles, plan weekly play dates and live for afternoons of gossiping with the neighborhood moms. Today, women are striving for more: they want to be supermoms who are also self-made entrepreneurs or hold corporate positions at Fortune 500 companies.

Here, you will find a list of books every success-craving woman should read. Some are curated for specific goals, while others are designed to fit each professional woman. Whether you’re a recent college graduate or well into your career, it’s always the right time to read of proven ways you can reach your life-long goals.

1. Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge

Any woman who plans to become the CEO or CFO of a large company will find this book to be an incredibly beneficial read. Author Becky Blalock along with 28 other female leaders in corporate America offer indispensable advice and personal experiences on how they earned top positions in companies predominantly ran my men.


Perhaps one of the most popular female success books amongst young millennials, Nasty Gal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso shares her story of how she went from selling vintage clothing on eBay to owning a multi-million dollar business. It’s a success story that not only inspires, but reassures that you don’t have to be perfect to become a powerhouse. While some imagine this book to just be a hipster fluke, there are invaluable key points that can be taken away from the print.

3. Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want

In a world where women are making 77 cents to the man’s dollar, it’s nice to be assured that women can have whatever they want. Authors Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever give step-by-step instructions on how speaking up, realizing you’re competent, and emphasizing your strengths can give you the power you desire in the workforce—and the salary you feel you deserve.

5. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

It’s important to know what works, but it’s equally important to know what doesn’t. This New York Times bestseller encourages women to take charge of their career, pointing out that being a nice girl has never gotten anyone what they’ve wanted. Being well aware of the unconscious mistakes women make will undoubtedly create space and opportunity for smart choices parallel to the ones you’ll read here.

6.  The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best

A key to success and leadership is knowing how to speak. Whether you anticipate reaching large audiences or a small conference room of employees, refined public speaking skills are imperative. From knowing what to wear to learning what and what not to do with your hands, author Christine K. Jahnke—a communicator who has advised such prestigious women as Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton—offers her advise on how to attain the overall package of being a well-spoken woman.

 7. The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

Specifically written for African American women, The Little Black Book of Success gives every black girl in the workplace a guide to crossing barriers and truly breaking through the glass ceiling. Packed with critical tips and strategies women can use to drive their success and defeat stereotypes, this book is valuable to women of any color who simply want to beat the odds.

8. The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms

Entrepreneur Lauren Maillian Bias writes a text perfect for any woman who wants to be one too. This ambitious book targets aspiring female business-starters who desire having to answer to no one but themselves. Lauren shares her experiences as she journeyed into the world of entrepreneurship and became a successful business owner before the age of 30. She gives her advice on what it takes to start from the bottom and how living life on your own terms can be a recipe for success.