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Whether you plan event logistics, implement new event technology or like me, market the shows, it’s important to step back now and then and look at the big picture. Events are business ventures and the women involved in pulling them off often struggle with the same career challenges that women in corporate America do.
Recently, I’ve read several books about powerful women who have shaped the world or are actively changing it for women in business and life. For me, as a female entrepreneur/business owner, these books have been both inspiring and motivating. I hope they’ll do the same for you if you’re a woman and help you see a different perspective if you’re a man.
The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
If you’ve never really known much about Ruth Bader Ginsburg beyond her role as Supreme Court Justice, there’s a lot to learn. For example, in her 20s, she juggled raising a toddler, caring for a sick husband and excelling in Harvard law school (at a time when, because she was female, she wasn’t really welcome there at all) and achieved a sense of “life balance” she was comfortable with at the same time. Reading about her actions and strategies to change the law and increase women’s rights will inspire you to stand up for women and push issues forward in the workplace and beyond. I was a fan before, but reading this book took her to superhero status for me!
Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game.
What do you do after winning two Olympic gold medals and and FIFA World Cup Championship? Well, if you’re a woman and specifically, if you’re Abby Wambach you move on to challenging the status quo for women in business and set your sights on eliminating the gender pay gap. The rules she outlines in this book may seem obvious (why aren’t we already doing this?) but it reinforces the need to work together on big issues affecting women in business and life to implement real change and ensure women are treated equally in the workplace.
Becoming Michelle Obama.
Obviously, Michelle’s life story and what she and her husband have done together are impressive on their own. I enjoyed learning more about the many academic and professional accomplishments she achieved in her own right. It was also incredibly inspiring to learn how her mother’s actions while a stay-at-home mom gave her an edge early on. Her mom spoke up on her behalf to get her the best education she could access. We often think we have to “go big” to change our trajectory, but when Michelle shared this anecdote she showed how women’s roles in their personal lives—mothering and otherwise—can play an important role in the success women achieve in business.
In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules.
Industry doesn’t matter. The era you live in doesn’t matter. Anytime women break through the boundaries of what society expects of them, they achieve great things that help all women. The lessons from the accomplishments of the women in this book can inspire you to push toward your career and personal goals, breaking boundaries within your own microcosm of the world along the way.
Most of these books are short, but pack a powerful punch. Pick one up this summer for a beach read or relaxing summer night and see what happens from there! You never know where or when you’ll be inspired to speak up or do something unexpected. I’ve already advocated for (and received) equal field space and practice time for the youngest girls’ softball teams in our Little League. After all, women deserve to be treated equally from the start!
About Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson is founder of glee Content Marketing where she helps clients market their events and create valuable content. She is an expert copywriter as well as a content and social media strategist who has promoted events large and small for 15 years.
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