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Hands up if you’re a book nerd just like us! Our team at ReadySlim loves a good read, especially when it helps us discover important cultural issues, learn from others’ life experiences and how we can do better.
We picked 8 books that are the crème de la crème of non-fiction, written by women who share some of their most intimate and vulnerable stories.
We’ve learned a lot from reading their work and we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do!
Bad Feminist By Roxane Gay
Read this if you want to learn more about feminism and pop-culture.
The first time we came upon Roxane Gay’s work, Bad Feminist, we were simply blown away by her candid, unapologetic prose. In this collection of essays, she covers everything from pop-culture, living as a black female in America, her history with her body and what it means to be a “bad feminist”. It’s definitely an eye-opening book that we can all learn from.
When Things Fall Apart By Pema Chödrön
Read this if you're going through difficult times
This is a classic that we always turn to whenever we need guidance during difficult times.
Based on Buddhism philosophy, Pema Chödrön asks us to open up our hearts and gently move toward painful situations. She encourages us to embrace negative feelings like fear, sorrow, loneliness and groundlessness.
She also reminds us how important it is to be patient and compassionate with yourself. "Every time we give, every time we practice discipline, patiences or exertion, it's like putting down a heavy burden". We find ourselves going back to this book over and over again, especially during these uncertain times.
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias In A World Designed For Men By Caroline Criado Pérez
Read this if you'd like to learn more about how gender bias affect our everyday life.
Caroline Criado Perez uses gender data to analyze how the human society is systematically biased against women, and men are often used as the default sex when it comes to urban and product design, and other aspects in our lives.
For those of us who drive, there’s a lack of properly designed test dummies based on the female anatomy. We often fail to include women’s perspectives in social discourses, which leads to lack of gender-balanced data, hence bad design decisions.
So what then? How can we change this huge gender-biased gap?
Criado Pérez suggests solid tactics where results have been proven and stresses how we could all benefit from the inclusion of women. Better GDP and fewer road accidents, which leads to less burden on national healthcare? Heck yes. There’s quite a lot of data and stories packed in this book and it won’t be an easy read, but it’s an essential one.
Super Maker by Jamie Schmidt
Read this if you're an entrepreneur.
The Queen of the Maker movement, Jaime Schmidt, launched her natural deodorant company when she was 8-month pregnant (kudos to her!) back in 2010. She then sold her brand at 9-figures to Unilever in 2017, launched a media company called SuperMaker for startups and creators, and even founded Color, an investment fund that supports startups led by women and people of color. Talk about some serious badass boss power!
Schmidt reveals her journey of how she started Schmidt Naturals in her own kitchen, making it to major retail stores such as Target and CVS and becoming so successful that she sold her company.
You’ll find practical strategies she used in building her successful business, and how she handled obstacles along the way. Each chapter includes clear, actionable steps and tips for entrepreneurs to reflect upon and follow through. If you’re a fellow entrepreneur or even just contemplating starting your own business, this book is for you.
Educated by Tara Westover
Read this if you're into memoirs.
If you’re into memoirs, Tara Westover’s Educated will be right up your alley. Could you even imagine spending your entire childhood without setting foot in a classroom?
Westover grew up with her Mormon fundamentalist parents in Idaho without any formal education. Her father believed in doomsday, and distrusted the government so much that he wouldn’t allow some of his youngest children to get their birth certificates. There were major accidents where the family chose not to go to the hospital for help, and also physical and emotional abuse (trigger warning).
That doesn’t mean Westover gave up on living a better life on her own though. Despite all odds and being physically abused by one of her brothers, she self-studied for the ACT and was accepted into university for her very first, formal education.
There were obvious hurdles and adjustments due to this huge change, but she kept pushing forward and went on to earn her doctorate from Cambridge University and a fellowship at Harvard. Talk about resilience and making it on your own no matter what life throws at you!