12 Books For Women In Technology

Inspiring Books to Get You Started in Your Technology Endeavours

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As technology is forever adapting and growing, sometimes it’s good to take yourself away from the enjoyment of fun gadgets and pick up a book. I know, there are so many tech books to get around to or even to find the one you’re even interested in. However, in this article, you’ll be given a series of books to pick from which will help you get more knowledgeable about your favourite subject.

#1 The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

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This book will help women think about the changing of technology in the next 30 years and how it will affect them and their careers. Kevin writes optimistically, explaining the forces that will shape the technological changes to come and helps to build a road map for the future.

#2 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

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This book provides wonderful advice on negotiating, building a successful career, achieving personal fulfillment, and just generally empowers women to be their best. Written in a supportive and motivational voice, this is a fantastic read written by a powerful and inspiring woman.

#3 Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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This is a powerful book that will bring out the creative forces in any woman — whether there is an ounce of creativity in her current role or not. Liz Gilbert teaches the importance of thinking creatively in any situation and how it can help to find better solutions to problems – and just make life a heck of a lot more enjoyable!

#4 Authentic Inclusion™ by Frances West

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An excellent book that is a blend of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility

#5 Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

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This book includes stories, interviews, and essays from innovators around the world in STEM careers. The book shares the experiences of various women in technology and entrepreneurship. It showcases the contributions women are making in their fields, offers advice to women who want to enter into the tech industry and shares how women succeed in a unbalanced work environment.

#6 Practical Object-Oriented Design

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This book made me fall back in love with programming. The way Sandi Metz writes about programmers as a creative career where you’re building something tangible really spoke to me. Plus, all the advice on Object Oriented Design is great too.

#7 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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If you’re looking for science-based productivity advice, this book is awesome. It explains how to transform your habits and backs that up with anecdotal and psychological advice on why it works.

#8 Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys Club of Silicon Valley

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For guys and gals alike, this book offers a good overview of some of the toxicity you might find yourselves surrounded by when running a startup in tech. Emily Chang accurately describes what life is like as a woman, person of colour or LGBTIQ+ person in Silicon Valley, but it might as well have been written about any other tech startup cluster. Know what you expose yourself to when working in tech, be prepared, and know how to navigate or avoid certain types of cultures. An essential read by all means.

#9 Grit & Grind: 10 Principles For Living An Extraordinary Life

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Rhonda Vetere, seasoned C-Suite technology veteran, knows firsthand that there’s no such thing as a perfect, struggle-free life. In her work as a Global Technology Executive, she’s faced down some of the biggest financial crises of modern times, and she knows it’s not WHAT challenges you face in life but HOW you face them that matters.

Grit & Grind uses real-life stories of how Vetere and her team navigate the volatile tech industry and illustrates a simple 10-part practice for building bone-deep confidence in your own abilities no matter what the challenge is.

We all face obstacles as we wind our way through life. Whether you’re seeking success at work, creating a lasting relationship, or just trying to get unstuck in some area of your life, the quickest way to get what you want is to dive into the mess and learn your way through it.

#10 Women in Tech by Tarah Wheeler

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The great thing about this book is that it’s not aspirational, it’s full of genuine practical advice about succeeding in the tech industry. If you’re looking for a guide on how to approach a salary negotiation or an interview, want to know if you should be a contractor or how to build your own business, then this book is going to help you.

Whilst the advice can all be applied to men too, Wheeler focuses on the issues that so often hinder women from making a success of themselves in a male-dominated workplace, making it an essential read for any woman involved in tech.

It’s a valuable read even for women outside the industry, but if you code then there’s an extra feature in this book for you too – easter eggs and puzzles for you to solve. It’s a brilliant way to add some fun to your read, and remind you why you wanted to be part of this industry in the first place.

#11 Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

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This book is for every woman who has been the only woman attending a tech conference. Caroline Criado Perez tackles important issues in male-dominated fields with humor and undeniable statistics. It doesn’t stop at just the workplace; but includes a thorough analysis of how bias impacts women at home, at the doctors, public life, and more. It’s not specifically all about the tech industry, but it’s a must-read for anyone in a male-dominated field.

#12 Female Innovators at Work

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Danielle Newnham, a tech entrepreneur herself, strongly believes in telling stories of entrepreneurial women who are at the top of their fields. For Female Innovators At Work, Newnham interviewed twenty of the most successful businesswomen across a variety of tech organisations, from mobile technology to e-commerce and online education. Interviewees include SpaceX’s Gwynee Shotwell, Lynda.com’s Lynda Weinman, and Carnegie Mellon’s Manuela Veloso, amongst others.

She highlights the fact that a lot of these women have gone through an enormous ordeal to get to where they are, sometimes even losing money and confidence along the way. This book is a brilliant look at such accomplished women and is also super helpful for anyone looking for advice about raising capital for startups, getting into the tech industry and even moving upwards in their respective fields.

Written by Eve O'Rourke

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