Thursday, June 25, 2015

What We’re Reading: Empowering Books for Women

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage is Elizabeth Gilbert’s second memoir, in which she continues the story of the romance she developed with the Brazilian gemstone importer Felipe in her previous bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. After a disastrous first marriage, Gilbert became a staunch skeptic regarding matrimony, which did not prevent her from falling in love with Felipe. However, when she and Felipe decide to stop travelling and settle back in the United States, they run into a big problem with the Department of Homeland Security, which decides to stop Felipe from entering the country without some sort of permanent immigration papers. Now, the couple has to make the difficult decision to get married. In order to put her apprehension about marriage to rest, Elizabeth spends the time during the process researching the topic of marriage, and the result is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book, including its historical, social, and psychological aspects. This is a great read for everyone who is married, wants to get married, or feels skeptical about marriage.

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance –What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman is a book that examines the importance of confidence for women in the professional world. Kay and Shipman, concerned about the discrepancies between the overall confidence levels of men and women, embarked on a research mission to discover the roots of the problem. Bringing together research, personal stories, and interviews from powerful women, the book provides a good basis for looking at confidence and empowering women and girls to speak up, feel confident, and be leaders.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transformsthe Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead is another look at the psychology that underlies leadership. Dr. Brown, who delivered the powerful TED talk, shares her research on vulnerability – the courage to take risks, handle setbacks, and make meaningful connections. Dr. Brown’s emotional, personal writing style makes Daring Greatly an engaging and motivational read.

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