7 empowering reads for Women’s Month and beyond

August is Women’s Month, but awareness of women’s rights and their upliftment shouldn’t be relegated to just one day or month of the year. We’ve selected these seven inspirational books to support you on your journey to everyday empowerment.

And Then Mama Said…

by Tumi Morake

and-then-mama-said-tumi-morake-women-empowerment-bookTumi Morake modelled her public persona on her mother, a charming and contentious woman who used her big, bold voice to say what others were afraid to utter. And Then Mama Said… is the voice of Tumi in private, as well as a behind-the-scenes perspective of a pioneering South African star. Throughout her story, she carries the voice of her mother, and with it the indispensable life lessons that made her who she is today.

Published by Penguin Random House South Africa. Image supplied.

What We’re Told Not to Talk About

by Nimko Ali

what-were-told-not-to-talk-about-but-were-going-to-anyway-book-nimko-ali-empowering-womenFourteen countries, 42 women, each with a story no one has heard before. What We’re Told Not to Talk About (But We’re Going to Anyway) is an important, taboo-breaking book that gives voice to the experiences of women from all walks of life, whose stories might not ordinarily be heard. Alongside Nimko’s story of living with female genital mutilation, rebuilding her relationship with her own body and being a woman her own way, these are the true stories of real women who are sharing the experiences they’ve always been told should be secret and shameful.

The book is a call to all women to reclaim the narrative around their bodies and to refuse to bow to the taboos which keep us silent. There is no such thing as oversharing.

Published by Penguin Random House South Africa. Image supplied.

Smartwoman: How to Gain Financial Independence and Create Wealth

by Sylvia Walker

smartwoman-how-to-gain-financial-independence-and-create-wealth-book-empowering-womenSmartwoman will provide the necessary insights into how our personal view of money impacts on our financial behaviour and decisions; reveal who is competing for our money (retailers, online marketers, etc.); and look at why it is so hard to find money to invest (the first step to getting rich is having money to invest – money makes money). It also covers how major life events, such as marriage and divorce, impact on us and how we can make smart financial decisions at these times. This is a must-read for every woman, at any age, who is serious about building wealth and obtaining financial independence.

Published by Penguin Random House South Africa. Image supplied.


by Arianna Huffington

thrive-arianna-huffington-book-to-empower-womenIn Thrive, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and one of the most influential women in the world, has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. She likens our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg – a Third Metric for defining success – in order to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritising the demands of a career and two daughters. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

Published by Penguin Random House South Africa. Image supplied.

Lean In

by Sheryl Sandberg

lean-in-empowering-book-for-women-by-sheryl-sandbergSheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

Published by Penguin Random House South Africa. Image supplied.

Dr T: A Guide to Sexual Health & Pleasure

by Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

dr-t-a-guide-to-sexual-health-and-pleasure-women-empowerment-bookThe indomitable Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng – affectionately known as Dr T – is passionate about making sexual health and well-being services available to all, regardless of their sexual and gender identities and their economic status. This book is filled with the specifics of sexual anatomy and health as well as advice and facts about pleasure and sexual rights. Dr T, with her typically honest and warm approach, makes the reader feel comfortable reading about topics that are not always discussed freely, providing ALL the information that demystifies sex and sexuality in a way that is entertaining and enlightening.

Published by Pan Macmillan. Image supplied.

The Moment of Lift

by Melinda Gates

the-moment-of-lift-book-by-melinda-gates-empowering-womenFor the last 20 years, Forbes’ third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates, has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: if you want to lift a society up, invest in women. Candid and inspiring, in The Moment of Lift, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to “turbo-charge” change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference. A personal statement of passionate conviction, this book tells of Gates’ journey from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world’s foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that no one should be excluded, all lives have equal value, and gender equality is the lever that lifts everything.

Published by Pan Macmillan. Image supplied.

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