Remember those throwback grade school summer reading lists? I’ve curated a version consisting of articles and videos that I feel reflects some of the most insightful and thought-provoking female voices of 2014/2015. These topics range from leadership, spirituality, empowerment and even sex. I’ve read/listened to them extensively and they continue to impact and inspire me when I need a boost.
In a world where you often wish you had super powers, reading is what makes you more of a superhuman. And after all, you are what you read.
Here’s Part I of Vanity & Trade’s Encouraged Summer Reading List
Oprah Winfrey shares her vision for a meaning life with the Stanford community as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow for 2015. At the end of her daylong campus visit, she delivered “Harry’s Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life.”
2. (Article, Video) Why PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi Can’t Have It All
While interviewing Indra K. Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiC0, at the Aspen Ideas Festival Monday*, David Bradley, who owns The Atlantic, asked two questions that elicits a frank discussion on work-life balance. The second question was preceded by a brief discussion of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”
Ariel Investments president sits down with Fortune’s Leigh Gallagher to discuss race and gender issues in the business world and her personal life.
Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women.
5. (Article) 3 Success Traits Women Can Learn From Men
Women are still not equally represented in the most senior leadership and executive roles in business. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO and author of Lean In, and Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, longtime journalists and authors of The Confidence Code, identify a new, more relevant reason for the inequality in the numbers above: A confidence gap.
6. (Commercial) Always: #LikeAGirl
A popular ad from Always tried to answer that question by asking subjects to demonstrate running, fighting, and throwing “like a girl.” Older subjects put on a weak performance, but when young girls were given the same instructions, they ran, threw, and fought as hard as they could. The ad asked, “When did doing something ‘like a girl’ become an insult?”
Marlene Zuk delightedly, determinedly studies insects. In this enlightening, funny talk, she shares how people use animal behavior to think about human behavior, and vice versa, as well as the public’s understanding of evolution.
Check out a new study from the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. University of Texas researchers found that, as women move up the career ladder, they show more signs of depression. Men, on the other hand, show fewer.
What are some of your favorite inspirational articles, videos, and books? Please share with us and tell us why. Would love your feedback.