Holiday Books for the Rock Star Women in Your Life

If you’re wondering what to get the amazing girlfriends, mentors and leaders in your circle for the holidays, consider a book. Thought-provoking, timeless and affordable, you can’t go wrong. Check out some of the newest titles to hit bookshelves and online stores.

holiday Books for women in tech

Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy, by Magdalena Yesil

This hot new read is endorsed by Girls in Tech’s founder and CEO, Adriana Gascoigne. Yesil has been a constant supporter of Girls in Tech and women in tech initiatives overall. And it’s easy to see why: she had to fight through a lot of barriers to get to where she is today. As the first investor in Salesforce, she’s a Silicon Valley veteran who has seen it all. She shares personal advice, stories from other women in tech and gives you practical strategies for shattering the glass ceiling.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao

For many, Pao is best known for her courageous discrimination lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. The lawsuit marked a critical turning point for Silicon Valley, showcasing its rampant discrimination against women and toxic culture. Pao lost the case, but she kicked off a national conversation that continues today. This book is the full story of what happened at Kleiner and her career beyond.

A Uterus is a Feature Not a Bug by Sarah Lacy

Working mothers have it tough – not only are they juggling duties at home and at work, but they face a heck of a lot of bias about their commitment and abilities to get the job done. However, these setbacks go against research about the benefits that working mothers bring to both their companies and their homes. In this book, Lacy examines the complexities of working mothers and bias from all angles, including how the prejudice is slowing changing. She also challenges readers to re-think the way they view themselves in life and career after childbirth.

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

This is a collection of interviews with more than 100 extraordinary female entrepreneurs. Read this if you’re looking for inspiration (and a kick in the pants) to make your next move.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

This book celebrates the contribution of fifty luminary women in STEM. It’s fun, it’s illustrated and educational. It covers history plus current hot topics, leveraging infographics to display details in a captivating way.

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