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Recommend reading, watching, and listening from WiAS

We at WiAS have compiled a list of our favourite books, podcasts, articles and TED Talks which we think you will find interesting.

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  • Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates.
    Startling but necessary read; makes you think when you see the statistics.
  • Fix the System, Not the Women – Laura Bates.
  • Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women – Otegha Uwagba.
    A gem with lots of practical tips and resources. This is a short book so it’s easy to get through, but there is lots of good stuff packed into it!
  • Sex, Power, Money – Sara Pascoe.
    Interesting and informative with a sprinkling of humour.
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez.
    Caroline Criado Perez is the woman who campaigned to put Austen on Bank notes. This book blew my mind – looking at how the world is not designed for woman and using examples and DATA to back this up – from medicine to crash test dummies to uniforms. I recommend this book to everyone I know, regardless of age, class or gender. Also has a really great newsletter you can sign up to.
  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty – Florence Given.
    It talks about the pressures of ‘fitting in as a female’ and how to be yourself in a male-dominated world. It exposes the ways that our society is driven through the ‘male gaze,’ and the necessity to come together as females to expose such injustices.
  • Difficult Women: A history of Feminism in 11 Fights – Helen Lewis.
  • The light we carry – Michelle Obama.
    The follow on to ‘Becoming’.
  • Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution – Mona Eltahawy.
    Probably a bit dated now (published 2015) but provides viewpoints on a topic I wanted to learn more about.
  • Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman – Anne Helen Petersen.
    Looks at a number of women generally unpopular in the public eye and questions why that is.
  • A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t Lean In, Change the System – Helena Morrissey.
    Helena Morrissey is a powerhouse, (superstar fund manager with NINE children) and this book has some interesting points on diversity of thought and the founding of the 30% club. Provides practical tips.
  • We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere – Gillian Anderson.
    Some good principles, more of a self-help book.
  • Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Adiche.
    Great book, short read. There is an accompanying TED talk which is excellent.
  • Work like a woman – Mary Portas.
    An empowering read that makes you feel like women have the power to change the world.

Soft skills

  • How To Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking – Viv Groskop.
    Practical tips and exercises for ALL levels of public speaking – great for even just giving you the courage to speak up in meetings.
  • Gaff Goddess: Simple Tips and Tricks to Help Run Your Home – Laura de Barra.
    Because anyone can DIY (if so inclined…)
  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators – Ronan Farrow.
    Harrowing account of the journalist who covered the Harvey Weinstein story.

Marketing and PR

  • The PR Knowledge Book – Sangeeta Waldron.
    A good read with links and resources that is useful not only if you work in PR, but for thinking about what to present and promote what’s important to you.
  • The Jelly Effect – Andy Bounds.
    Marketing/comms focused.


  • The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness – Steve Peters.
    Theory on how our minds work and how we think.
  • The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter – Michael D Watkins.
    Covers confidence and imposter syndrome, themes that our members often raise.
  • The Definitive Book of Body Language – Allan Pease.
    Whilst reading this, it’s fun to examine the body language of those around you!
  • Machivellian Intelligence: How to Survive and Rise in the Modern Corporation -Jon Gifford & Mark Powell.
    Rather cynical, but some interesting points.
  • The Discomfort Zone – Farrah Storr.
    A lighthearted look at imposter syndrome, helping you to conquer your free of feeling uncomfortable in situations you CAN control.


  • Jonathan and his wife Leigh Bowman-Perks ( are huge supporters of women via their Inspiring Leadership charity and Jonathan’s podcast on leadership is in the top 10% of all podcasts worldwide on Apple. Listen here.
  • Women’s Hour/Late Night Women’s Hour.
  • Standard Issue.
  • The Guilty Feminist.
  • The High Low.


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