Women Entrepreneurs: Books Highlight Advice, Experience

Women continue to make their mark in business. According to the 2019 annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express, women-owned businesses represent 42 percent of all American businesses, employ 9.4 million workers and generate $1.9 million in revenues. Here are just a few books by women for women with stories and words of encouragement for those who aspire to continue to break the glass ceiling.

In Female Firebrands, Mikaela Kliner has conversations with 13 professional women of various backgrounds and positions. Kliner uses their stories to help readers develop a checklist to get on track for success. She also tackles movements, such as #MeToo, #TimesUp and women’s advocacy.

Work Wife is an account of how the friendship of authors Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur helped them to thrive and create the successful fashion and design website Of a Kind. They discuss partnership, the challenges of running a business and work-life balance.

With The Memo, Minda Harts shows how women of color can succeed in a world of biases and beat the odds that are stacked against them.

Like the Netflix series Self Made shows, Madame C.J. Walker was ahead of her time. Beverly Lowry’s Her Dream of Dreams takes us through this pioneering woman’s journey from doing laundry on a plantation to creating her own line of beauty products—becoming America's first woman self-made millionaire.

Who’s a woman in business who inspires you? Let me know in the comments.