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6 Inspiring Books by Women in Tech


Posted on September 06 2017

Today, we are sharing 6 hugely inspiring books written by women in tech. From pioneers to founders and innovators, these books chart the role women have played in the history of technology as well as the many lessons, struggles and stories of success they pass on. And, importantly, how we can encourage the next generation of girls into STEM fields.

So whether you are in tech or just looking to start your own business, check these reads out and let us know if there are any we missed in the comments.

1. Saving Bletchley Park: How socialmedia saved the home of the WWII codebreakers by Dr Sue Black

Computer Scientist and founder of Tech Mums, Sue Black OBE shares the story of how a group of people, including herself and Stephen Fry who - seventy years after the birth of the modern computer at Bletchley Park - used technology to spark a social media campaign that helped secure its future and transform it into the world-class heritage and education centre it deserves to be. She also unearths the story of the remarkable and mysterious work during World War II that made it a place worth saving. It is a book about campaigners, veterans, enthusiasts, computer geeks, technology, Twitter, trees and Stephen Fry stuck in a lift. And finally, it is a story about preserving the past stories of tech for the generations of tomorrow.

2. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

 by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Option B was written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and combines her personal insights on losing her husband suddenly, with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. It explores the stories of a broad range of people who have overcome challenges in their lives, identifies how we can best talk to and help others in crisis, and offers practical tips for creating resilient families, communities, and workplaces.

Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. A friend said to her, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B."


3Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech by Danielle Newnham

Written by our very own co-founder, Danielle Newnham - who has worked in startups for more than 10 years including on the founding team of mobile apps agency ubinow (sold to Havas) - interviews 20 women in tech, spanning more than half a century. Spanning the careers and back-stories of women pioneers who shape the technology we use today, these one-on-one interviews show the successes and struggles these women went through in order to achieve success and push the boundaries of innovation, amidst a still very male-dominated environment. Interviewees include Gynne Shotwell (Elon's right hand woman) of SpaceX and Lynda Weinman who sold her tech business to LinkedIn for $1.5 billion.

4. Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue  by Lu Li

Having taught herself how to code from a young age, and started her career in the corporate world, Lu Li became a huge advocate for women in tech and set up Blooming Founders as a platform to support women setting up on their own and to help them build sustainable and scalable companies. Dear Female Founders, curated by Li shares letters from such women with letters of advice from 66 women who have done just that, many of which who are also women in tech. You can also read our interview with Li here.


5. Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories by Tarah Wheeler 

Written by security specialist and founder Tarah Wheeler, this book includes personal stories of women in tech, as well as advice for women in developing careers skills such as salary negotiations, networking, and finding work-life balance. The book gives women an insider’s knowledge of how to break into the tech field and earn a fair wage for their work.


6. Dot Complicated - How to Make it Through Life Online in One Piece by Randi Zuckerberg

Through first-hand accounts of her time at Facebook (Randi Zuckerberg is Mark's sister and worked there in the very early days) and beyond, Randi investigates the opportunities and obstacles, problems and solutions, presented by our new online reality. In the process, she establishes rules to bring some much needed order and clarity to our connected, complicated and constantly changing lives online discussing such new phenomena as the power of crowdsourcing to the perils of photo tags and the importance of teaching your kids how to be tech-savvy.


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