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Men are often known to be the dreamers, the thinkers, the inspirers, the motivators, the problem-solvers and the reformers. People look out for inspiring stories of men when they feel empty, discouraged or worthless in life.

But, what about the stories of women? Aren’t they as inspiring as men?

The truth is that women, their thoughts, ideas and stories are not only inspiring but life-altering. We want you to know that women can be as good as men, and sometimes even more, when it comes to motivation. So before you think we’re making all this up, read the following inspiring books from women around the world.

1. Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Popular quote:

“You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.”


2. What I Know For Sure

Author: Oprah Winfrey

Popular quote:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”


3. Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler

Popular quote:

“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”


4. Lean In

Author: Sheryl Sandberg

Popular quote:

“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”


5. I Am Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai

Popular quote:

“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.” Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”


6. Rosa Parks: My Story

Author: Rosa Parks

Popular quote:

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.”


7. Bossy Pants

Author: Tina Fey

Popular quote:

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.”


8. Thrive

Author: Ariana Huffington

Popular quote:

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”


9. Hard Choices

Author: Hilary Clinton

Popular quote:

“Along the way, I’ve tried not to make the same mistake twice, to learn, to adapt, and to pray for the wisdom to make better choices in the future.”


10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Author: Maya Angelou

Popular quote:

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”