For generations, women have been fighting their way into influential roles and breaking into industries oversaturated by men just to try and get a seat at the table. And while American work culture is finally beginning to shift in the right direction, there is still so much work to be done. 

Maybe you already are a leader in your workplace, or perhaps you are making your way toward becoming one and want advice from women who have followed a similar path. Below are some top reads written by and for powerful women to inspire and push you forward toward your biggest aspirations no matter where you are on your journey.

Dare to Lead, by Brene Brown

As a researcher, Brown is driven by numbers and data, so it comes to no surprise that this book is backed up by decades of research. Within its pages, you will gain insight into your own courage and how to utilize it better to become an even more effective leader.

My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With this fascinating read, Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives readers a glimpse into her world as justice and woman. It is packed with the wisdom of a woman pioneer while also offering a unique perspective on the Supreme Court.

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, by Herminia Ibarra

Managing your schedule gets more difficult as your career advances, which alone can hinder your professional growth. This book implores its readers to take a step back and figure out what is important to them to remain active participants in their leadership roles.

Brotopia, by Emily Chang

Chang offers a window to see how she and other powerful women are dealing with toxic work culture, specifically in Silicon Valley. For anyone living through their own version of “Brotopia,” this is a must-read.

Lead From the Outside, by Stacey Abrams

Just as the title implies, utilizing your own inherent differences can be a source of your greatest strengths. This book teaches you how to do just that and foster your own growth by believing in your most significant asset: yourself.