8 Motivational Books for Women That Will Empower You

Motivational Books for Women

If you enjoy reading, sometimes the best little push is a good inspirational book. There’s just something powerful about reading other people’s stories of struggles and accomplishments to make you want to get up and out there! In honor of the #MotivationalMonday hashtag that always trends, we’ve put together 8 motivational books for Women that will give you a little extra motivation for your workweek.

We hope you enjoy our selections below!

Our Favorite Motivational Books for Women

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

By Rachel Hollis

Women are constantly apologizing for the simplest of things (for no reason). Girl, Stop Apologizing is a motivational book that tries to persuade girls to stop saying sorry for everything. Instead, Rachel Hollis presents her plan for “embracing and achieving your goals” with no shame.

This book follows her 2018 best-seller Girl, Wash Your Face, which is also filled with motivational tips and common-sense girl talk.

Own Your Everyday

By Jordan Lee Dooley

If you’re feeling a little stuck or feel like you should be at a different stage in your life, this book will likely speak to you. Jordan Lee Dooley shares anecdotes of her past and how they have shaped her current life. She influences people everywhere to take charge of their lives and create the futures they dream of.

Constantly worrying about what others thought of her, Dooley struggled to find her own happiness. The message she sends with this title is loud and clear – Stop worrying about other people and their timelines. Just focus on how to create a fulfilled life for yourself.

So Close to being the Sh*t, Ya’ll Don’t Even Know

By Retta

In this motivational book, actress, comedian, and author, Retta hilariously shares the stories that led her to success. If you’re looking for a little laugh and a lot of inspiration, reading this book may be just the thing you need. Retta takes us through her childhood of poverty, through the struggles she’s faced, and right up to her successes today.

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It

By Lauren Graham

Yes, it’s by that Lauren Graham, or as you may know her Lorelei Gilmore. What started out as a commencement speech, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It is basically about what the title states – not worrying. The Gilmore Girls star expanded on that speech for this book including well-written advice for all of us who are chasing our dreams.

She hilariously writes in a tone that we can all relate to, and she tells stories of her approach to life and success. In part of the speech, she states that whatever you are doing, find happiness in it. Practical advice like this is paired with her loveable humor for an overall relatable tone. And if that doesn’t make you want to read this, I don’t know what will.

You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

By Jen Sincero

This is probably one of the more well-known motivational books. It’s written by success coach Jen Sincero. She bluntly tells readers how to stop doubting themselves. Why? Because they are great!

This self-help book explores hilarious stories, insights, how-to’s, and exercises for personal development. And it bills itself as a book that can help you find success in your career and your personal life. If you like this one, Sincero now has multiple other self-help books that you’ll want to check out.


By Michelle Obama

Women and girls all over the world find inspiration in Michelle Obama’s words. Her grace and dignity never ceased to amaze us when she was in the White House, and this book gives us the chance to get to know her a little bit better outside of her time as First Lady.

Becoming is an autobiography of the life and struggles Michelle Obama has faced. From growing up in a working-class household in Chicago all the way through leaving the White House, the book provides an incredible window into Obama’s life and how she became who she is today. It’s inspiring, uplifting, and endearing.


By Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso is now extremely well-known for her companies Nasty Gal and Girlboss. Before beginning these companies though, Amoruso was broke and homeless. In #Girlboss, Sophia tells her literal rags to riches story and how she overcame all of the obstacles that come with reaching success.

New York Times bestseller is not only encouraging and will make you want to start your own company, it’s real. The Washington Post even calls it “Lean In for misfits.”

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits That are Holding you Back From Happiness

By Andrea Owen

We all have some bad habits, everyone does. However, Some habits could be holding you back from being truly happy. This book explores some different habits that could be keeping you from living a happy life.

How to Stop Feeling Life Sh*t is straight-forward and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. If you’re looking to improve yourself and live a more fulfilled life – get to reading.

You may be asking why books like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild aren’t also included above. We wanted to keep this list focused more-so on books written recently if we didn’t limit ourselves in that regard, this list would have been the top 98 books.

Do you have other favorite motivational books for women that aren’t listed here that you feel should be? We’d love to hear which ones inspired you. We still have additional titles to review as well – including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, and Chrissy Metz’s This Is Me.

Note: These editorially chosen products were purchased for review by our Editor-In-Chief.

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Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.

Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.


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