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10 Books all Women in Finance Should Read

From personal finance tips written by successful entrepreneurs to investing guides, we share our best picks that all females in finance should read at least once. 

As said by American journalist Mary Schmich, "reading is a discount ticket to anywhere", but with so many options it can be hard to know where to start. We've rounded up 10 great reads to help you to master the techniques, theories and mindsets to become the CEO of your own financial career. 


1. Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms, Amanda Steinberg

Amanda Steinberg is an entrepreneur, financial expert, investor and creator who has been named as one of the 21 New American Money Masters and well as inaugural of SuperSoul 100. On top of her book Worth It, she has created a go-to financial website for women; DailyWorth to bring a fresh, feminine perspective to personal finance. On her website, Steinberg focuses on how money and finance affect different relationships. Worth It, on the other hand, gives insight into how cultural norms contribute to inequality between men and women in finance, and other fields. Providing facts, stats and first-hand experience she encourages women to reflect, and then rewrite, their money stories.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2Xx92eB


Know Your Value

2. Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth, Mika Brzezinski

Women are often overlooked and underpaid in finance and find it challenging to get the recognition they deserve. Knowing Your Value takes an in-depth look at how women can achieve earned acknowledgement and financial worth in their career and personal finance. In her book, bestseller author Mika Brzezinski shares surprising stories of powerful women, such as Susie Essman, Nora Ephron, Joy Behar and many others. She blends these personal stories with research on why female professional tend to accept the financial pitfalls they face and what can be done about it. The current revised edition has been expanded to address the ever-changing gender dynamics in the #MeToo era. This book is a must-read for anyone in need of advice on how to help women be their own greatest advocates.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2XB1Y0l 


3. Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles, Barbara Stanny

Data collected in 2017 reveals that women account only 25.3% of board members in the largest publicly listed corporations within the EU. Moreover, females fill the chair position in less than one in 10 companies, according to Experteer. Written by the leading expert on women and money Barbara Stanny, this book gives insights into the relationships of women with success, money, wealth and power. Stanny offers exercises and practical advice to help create a deeper, more abundant and meaningful life, focusing on psychologically redefining the traditional version of success with power from a feminine perspective. Sacred Success is not merely a financial guide, but a primer on power for women. It does not push women to pursue financial breakthrough in the traditional matter, but instead, encourages women to encounter their ambivalence fear towards power.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2Jp7gU3 


4. How to Own the World: A Plain English Guide to Thinking Globally and Investing Wisely, Andrew Craig

Dreaming big is essential, but to execute those dreams, you must understand and take control of financial affairs. Therefore, there is an ongoing current need for both women and men to take charge of economic matters. Andrew Craig's How to Own the World is divided into three sections. The first shares Craig's core beliefs, whereas the second and third provide reasons why and solutions to think globally and invest wisely. How to Own the World provides powerful tools for successful financial planning and investing. After reading, you are able to make the most of your money and gain an advantage over other finance enthusiasts, or even professionals. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2Jp7mLp 


5. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing, Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig (contributor) and Warren Buffett (contributor)

The Intelligent Investor has had more than a million copies sold and is described as the twentieth century's most notable investment advisor. Since the first publication in 1949, this revised edition includes a renewed commentary by financial journalist Jason Zweig leaving Graham's original text untouched. The commentary, therefore, helps to give a more comprehensive and clear understanding of how to apply Benjamin Graham's policies in today's World. Graham's philosophy of “value investing”, amongst other policies, will help investors to protect against the areas of possible substantial error teaching them to develop long-term strategies. This classic helps you to make the right decisions to protect your investments and make them a success. Therefore, whenever you are an aspiring investor, enthusiast or professional, The Intelligent Investor is an essential addition to your book collection.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2S0SJk0 


6. Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey’s most recent book, The Total Money Makeover, has gained worldwide recognition. Ramsey has been described as America’s trusted voice on money, with his own radio show that helps his audience to learn to budget, beat debt and build a legacy. In his book, he offers a bold and straightforward approach to personal finance in order to help his readers achieve total financial health leading to a long-lasting legacy. The Total Money Makeover does not only give you powerful approaches but helps you to understand the consumer buying behaviour in the culture we live in today.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2xDRX37 


7. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything,  Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics is a debut bestseller book by economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen Dubner. It comments on modern economics as it dives into various everyday situations, breaking down how things work. Melding pop culture with economics, it has provoked discussion since its publication in 2005. The book is a collection of articles applying economic theory to diverse and usual topics such as cheating, parenting and education, drug dealing and information control and the authors use various examples, anything from Ku Klux Klan to sumo wrestlers. If you are interested in a provocative but entertaining approach to finance, this is the book for you.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2YL1nG6


8. Women’s Worth: Finding your financial confidence, Eleanor Blayney

Certified financial planner Eleanor Blayney challenges the traditionally male-dominated commercial field with her second book, Women’s Worth. Blayney articulates the differences between males and females in finance, as according to Investopedia, women tend to be more cautious and want security, whereas men are more risk-friendly. Through practical advice and easy-to-do practices, Blayney assists women to gain confidence in their financial planning and decision-making. She was inspired after she experienced females lack in confidence even when they acquire similar skills to their male colleagues. Therefore, the content and delivery of this book have been directed to address women’s unique career and financial requirements.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2xH50AI 


9. On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance, Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

Written by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar, Harvard graduates and leading investment experts, On My Own Two Feet is a personal financial guide. It equips the reader with all that women need to know to avoid financial stress. The appreciated strategies featured in the book have been introduced in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and are now adapted to women’s specific needs. According  to CNBC, women earn less, take more time out of work and are more likely to leave financial planning to their partner, according to CNBC. On My Own Two Feet gives advice and strategies for women at different levels and life situations, making it a valuable book for all women who want to get on top of their personal finance. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2S0T5Hm 


10. Reducing the Risk of Black Swans: Using the Science of Investing to Capture Returns with Less Volatility, Larry Swedroe and Kevin Grogan

Bestseller Larry Swedroe and co-author Kevin Grogan share their views on what it takes to build more efficient portfolios in today’s evolving financial landscape. This book serves as a roadmap to an investment strategy that can deliver higher returns without increased risk. The revised second edition offer refreshed data and themes as well as an additional new section on alternative investments. Women outperform men when it comes to investment returns as females earn 12% higher profits than men but are still less likely to invest. With the help of Reducing the Risk of Black Swans women are able to tackle their investing issues to secure those higher returns. If you are seeking to enrich your technical knowledge of recent advancements in the world of evidence-based investing, we recommend a read.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2XAOU6y 

Women in Finance Dublin takes place on 12-13 September 2019 at CCD Dublin.