5 New Books on Empowered Women Changing the World
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5 New Books on Empowered Women Changing the World

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5 New Books on Empowered Women Changing the World

It’s no secret that much of the world is run by men. In fact, a startling New York Times article from 2015 is titled, “Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John.” Yikes.

But fear not, fellow feminists—women everywhere are still rising up, fighting gender bias, and changing the world. To find out how you can join or support them, check out the five inspiring books below.

Learn something new every day with “Book Bites,” 15-minute audio summaries of the latest and greatest nonfiction. Get started by downloading the Next Big Idea App today!

Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of It By Dr. Janina Ramirez Next Big Idea Club

Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of It

By Janina Ramirez

An Oxford and BBC historian offers a groundbreaking reappraisal of medieval femininity, revealing why women have been written out of history—and why it matters. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Janina Ramirez, in the Next Big Idea App

The First, the Few, the Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America By Deepa Purushothaman

The First, the Few, the Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America

By Deepa Purushothaman

A deeply personal call to action for women of color to find power from within and to join together in community, advocating for a new corporate environment where we all belong—and are accepted—on our own terms. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Deepa Purushothaman, in the Next Big Idea App

Women Without Kids: The Revolutionary Rise of an Unsung Sisterhood By Ruby Warrington Next Big Idea Club

Women Without Kids: The Revolutionary Rise of an Unsung Sisterhood

By Ruby Warrington

Taking in themes from intergenerational healing to feminism to environmentalism, this personal look and anthropological dig into a stubbornly taboo topic is a timely and brave reframing of what it means not to be a mom. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Ruby Warrington, in the Next Big Idea App

Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman in the White House…Yet By Ali Vitali

Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman in the White House . . . Yet

By Ali Vitali

An NBC Capitol Hill correspondent investigates the gendered double standards placed on women presidential candidates of the 2020 election cycle and those who came before, and examines what it will take for a woman to finally break the glass ceiling and win the White House. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Ali Vitali, in the Next Big Idea App

Financial Feminist Tori Dunlap Next Big Idea Club

Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love

By Tori Dunlap

From the globally-recognized personal finance educator and social media star behind Her First $100K, an inclusive guide to all things money—from managing debt to investing and voting with your dollars. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Tori Dunlap, in the Next Big Idea App

The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?

With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.

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The Next Big Idea App is free for anyone to try—and if you love it, we invite you to become an official member of the Next Big Idea Club. Membership grants you unlimited access to Book Bites and unlocks early-release, ad-free episodes of our LinkedIn-partnered podcast. You also gain entry to our private online discussion group, where you can talk big ideas with fellow club members and join exclusive live Q&A sessions with featured authors.

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For a more focused learning experience, we recommend a Hardcover or eBook Membership. Every few months, legendary authors and club curators Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink select two new nonfiction books as the must-reads of the season. We then send hardcover copies straight to your doorstep, or eBook versions to your favorite digital device. We also collaborate with the authors of selected books to produce original reading guides and premium video e-courses, 50-minute master classes that take you step by step through their most life-changing ideas. And yes, it’s all available through the Next Big Idea App.

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