5 Girl Boss Autobiographies to Read Over Winter Break

After this exhausting election (three cheers that it’s over), it seems like we’re entering a new dark age for women in the workforce. But it’s not all over. There are still plenty of #GirlBosses to push us college students to do our best. Need proof? Step away from the Netflix and settle down over break with these tell-all books written by and about some of the most badass women of our time.


#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

You may have just done some damage online shopping on NastyGal or maybe you know of its meteoric rise to the top of the industry. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of this vintage and contemporary website and eventual transformation into physical stores. Her amazing story began at 22 when she was able to launch the unique brand, making her one of the youngest female CEOs ever. She’s everything that a Girl Boss should be: witty, savvy, smart, and headstrong. She weaves entrepreneurial advice as well as her life story into her bestselling book.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

You know those embarassing middle-school moments that you just cringe thinking about? Or those moments where you just aren’t getting your way? Lena Dunham’s autobiography is an homage to the moments we’d rather forget. In a series of short stories Dunham takes us on a journey from her imaginative childhood, to awkward teen years, creative and disappointing college years, and finally developing a mega-hit tv show (Girls fans unite!). She teaches us about happiness, body image, and how sometimes it’s okay to be selfish.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

In her second tell-all book, Mindy Kaling strays away from her childhood and tells us about the most recent years of her life. Her book is made up short stories that journey through dealing with fame, racial and beauty stereotypes in hollywood, and, of course, finding love. This is the perfect book for anyone who has felt lost or is going through a turning point in their life. She proves that we can grow and change at any stage in our lives. Plus who doesn’t love Kaling’s quirky sense of humor?

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Many of you may have had to read this book for school and therefore probably didn’t appreciate its full extent. This memoir, especially in our current state of political uncertainty, reminds us that you can create a voice for yourself. This isn’t your typical “How I became a billionaire” story, but Malala’s inspiring autobiography will push you to fight for what you want despite overwhelming obstacles.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

As a boss at both Google and Facebook, Sandberg knows a thing or two about crashing through glass ceilings. This is the Harry Potter of girl boss books and we promise you will read it again and again. Her story proves that there is a leader in all of us and like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, we just need to set it free.


by Allie Lewandowski