Inspirational readings for women include Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail” and Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World”. All are autobiographical books or memoirs. Other inspiring non-fictional books are “Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg and the graphic memoir “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi.
Maya Angelou's autobiographical book is widely acclaimed for its coming-of-age story about the author overcoming racism and childhood trauma to seeking refuge in literature.
Strayed's "Wild," which was adapted to film in 2014, is a memoir telling the author's story of how she found redemption and self-love through a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. The hike helped her deal with the overwhelming grief from her mother's death.
Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, writes about her experiences of early life in "My Beloved World." The book describes the difficult circumstances of her childhood, such as growing up in the Bronx with an alcoholic father who died when she was 9.
"Lean In," a popular book by Sheryl Sandberg, pushes women in the workplace to become advocates for their own careers while also addressing the problem of balancing career and family head-on.
In "Persepolis," a four-part memoir of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran and Vienna, the author depicts the trials of adolescence, family and political upheaval in vivid detail.
For shorter readings, PsychologyToday.com has a list of inspirational and empowering quotes for women, including quotes on success, self-esteem and courage from inspirational women such as Oprah Winfrey, Madonna and Marissa Meyer.