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Our Favorite Books by Inspiring Women

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March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating this year by sharing a special edition of our usual book recommendation series. The titles below make up a collection of our team’s favorite female-penned books by authors whose minds have inspired us here at redpepper. These women and their ideas have pushed our team to grow, influencing the way we live, lead, and create along the way.

Join us in celebrating female creativity by picking up a copy of your own–and don’t forget to remind a woman in your life of the power her story can hold.

Glennon Doyle

“What we need are women who are full of themselves. A woman who is full of herself knows and trusts herself enough to say and do what must be done. She lets the rest burn.”

Daring Greatly
Brené Brown

“Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection.”

Mary Oliver

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
Herminia Ibarra

“Knowing what we should be doing and actually doing it are two very different things.”

The Creative Habit
Twyla Tharp

“Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature — all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won.”

Comfortable with Uncertainty
Pema Chödrön

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Patience is not learned in safety.”

In Progress
Jessica Hische

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

Arbitrary Stupid Goal
Tamara Shopspin

“A goal that isn’t too important makes you live in the moment, and still gives you a driving force. This driving force is a way to get around the fact that we will all die and there is no real point to life.”

How to Fall in Love with Anyone
Mary Len Catron

“Romantic love is capacious. And I mean that not in the mystical sense – it cannot contain anything or everything and it is never without conditions – but rather it is capacious in the daily way that any expression of love might also express trust, doubt, regret, resignation, humor, self-congratulation, or sacrifice. Love can contain all of this, but love stories rarely do.”

Michelle Obama

“What I knew from working in professional environments—from recruiting new lawyers for Sidley & Austin to hiring staff at the White House—is that sameness breeds more sameness, until you make a thoughtful effort to counteract it.”

Writing Down the Bones
Natalie Goldberg

“There is no permanent truth you can corner in a poem that will satisfy you forever. Don’t identify too strongly with your work. Stay fluid behind those black and white words. They are not you. They are a great moment going through you. A moment you were awake enough to write down and capture.”

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