10 Best Finance Books for Women

We crowdsourced our brilliant readers (that’s you) for this list of must-reads.

10 Best Finance Books for Women

Who doesn’t want to improve their relationship with money and — better yet — brighten their financial future? But the topic of finance can often feel overwhelming and intimidating.

Even when you know what you should do, you might lack the motivation or discipline to stick with your plan. Fortunately, there are some great books that can help you learn the lingo, master the techniques, and stay on track.

We asked the most intelligent, plugged-in, and ambitious women we know (our readers, of course) to weigh in on their favorite financial reads. We also included a few of our own.

Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles by Barbara Stanny

Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles by Barbara Stanny

Written by fan favorite Barbara Stanny, this book explores the notion that success isn’t simply determined by your paycheck. Stanny touches on how to increase your net worth and build a meaningful life, how women’s relationships with money have more to do with social power structures than money itself, and how to be successful without abandoning your values.

“It goes so much deeper than just finances,” says DailyWorth reader Lynn Daue.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This well-known book compares the habits of a “rich dad” (the author’s best friend’s father) and a “poor dad” (Kiyosaki’s own father). Kioyaski uses this comparison to challenge many widely held beliefs about success, debunk the myth that you must earn a high salary to be wealthy, and explain how to teach kids about money.

“I learned so much about money, [like] what I can and can’t afford,” says reader Evelyn Neary.

Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money by Barbara Stanny

Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money by Barbara Stanny

This Barbara Stanny recommendation — from DailyWorth reader Michelle Holmes — rings just as true now as it did when it was released in 2007. It examines the belief that marriage can serve as a de facto financial plan for women — and dismantles that idea, piece by piece.

All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi

All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi

Written by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and her daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, this book shows you how to get control of your finances by simplifying your mindset and dividing your spending into three categories: must-haves, wants, and savings.

“It got me out of debt, helped me realize I could strategically manage my money before I got out of debt, and [helped me] build savings,” says Michelle de Lancret.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez

Recommended by DailyWorth reader Sam Doove, this renowned book is based on one simple, yet groundbreaking, premise: You go to work every day, effectively exchanging your time for money. Instead of focusing on money, it encourages you to focus on how many hours of work you must do in order to buy the goods and services you want. This way, you can calculate what things are really costing you.

Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big by Julia Pimsleur

Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big by Julia Pimsleur

This go-to entrepreneur’s guide helps women to hit that million-dollar mark — and keep going. Recommended by reader Peace Mitchell, this book introduces you to several women — Pimsleur included — who have successfully built their own multimillion dollar businesses. And, really, who doesn’t want to go big?

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

While his practices can be polarizing, Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover is a worthy read that takes a hard line on the common mistakes many of us make — overusing credit, living above our means, and trying to keep up with the Joneses. One of Ramsey’s adages, “Live like no one else now so later you can live like no one else,” really puts into perspective how important it is to sacrifice now in order to live well later.

Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg

Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg

Written by DailyWorth’s founder, Amanda Steinberg, this book first helps you look inward, figuring out your money story and how it shapes your relationship with your finances. Then, it helps you build a better one.

The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? by Leslie Bennetts

The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? by Leslie Bennetts

While this isn’t technically a financial book, it deals with the greater paradigms at play in our society that affects the financial health of women — namely, the decision to “opt out” of the workforce to take care of children.

This book proves that it is, in fact, possible for women to have both a satisfying career and a successful home life, the former of which is absolutely integral to women’s long-term financial security. If there’s one thing I’ve learned to be true regarding financial health, it’s that it doesn’t exist in a bubble.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Sethi’s six-week class focuses on the four mainstays of personal finance: banking, saving, budgeting, and investing. It approaches the subject in a straightforward, no-nonsense style that resonates with readers. The standout point? You don’t have to be the smartest person to be rich. You just have to get started.

Amanda Steinberg is an author as well as the CEO of WorthFM and Dailyworth.com, Inc. Worth Financial Management LLC (“WorthFM”) is a registered investment advisor. Worth It is offered for informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered investment advice.

  • Meghan Davis

    Really disappointed in this list, Daily Worth. For a site that usually does a good job empowering women, this list is full of books that cast women as the victims.

    • mcspencer

      Although I haven’t read these books yet, based on the descriptions I don’t see how that is the case. I think most of the books are telling women NOT to be passive and to take control.

    • Karen Vargas

      Do you have any book recommendations Meghan? Thanks.

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      We disagree, but thank you for sharing your feedback. Which books would you recommend that are on brand with DailyWorth? Would love to hear your input.

    • Meghan Davis

      In fairness, I haven’t read Amanda Steinberg’s book but I’m sure it’s great. But I would love to see more books that recast “The Feminine Mistake” with a less negative message about what women are “doing wrong,” like what Farnoosh Torabi, Sallie Krawcheck and others are trying to do. After listening to the On the Media series on debunking the myths around poverty, I was shocked to see a book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad” on a list like this one.

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks Meghan, we appreciate your suggestions!

  • mcspencer

    I’m going to add an oldie (full disclosure: I helped edit this): I’ve Been Rich, I’ve Been Poor, Rich is Better by Judy Resnick. It’s similar to Prince Charming Isn’t Coming in that it explains why a woman must take responsibility for her own financial well being, explains the most important money management facts, and tells her own story of going from completely ignorant about money to successful broker and financial advisor. I believe there’s an updated version out or soon to come.

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks for your suggestion, Miranda! We’ll have to include it in our next round-up.

  • Trina74

    I love Dave Ramsey, and Michelle Singletary has awesome books and great financial advice.

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks for your suggestions, Trina!

  • Chellie

    I’ve read most of these books and they are great! Love that my friend Barbara Stanny has two on your list. She gave me a quote for my latest financial book “From Worry to Wealthy: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Success Without the Stress”: “This is a terrific guide to living a rich life–spiritually, mentally and physically”. So I’m throwing that book in the mix for your consideration for your next recommendations, along with my other two “The Wealthy Spirit” and “Zero to Zillionaire”. Thanks for all you do to help women become financially literate!

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks Chellie, we’ll definitely give those titles consideration for our next list.

    • Chellie

      Thanks so much, Rachel. I appreciate all you are doing for women and financial literacy!

  • Nope

    I can’t take this list seriously since it contains “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” a book full of fabrications that can easily mislead a novice in finance.

  • platosOwl

    “Smart Women Finish Rich” is a really great book as well by David Bach. It never casts or portrays women as “victims” and this book has really helped me with a lot of investing advice as well.

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks so much your suggestions, we’ll add those to our reading list.

  • Kassie Beingbykassie

    I noticed you left out Chellie Campbell’s books: Zero to Zillionaire, Worry to Wealthy and The Wealthy Spirit. She is spot on!!!!!

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks Kassie! We are getting a lot of great feedback on Chellie Campbell’s books. They are next on our reading list.

  • Erica

    I’ve read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” (probably need to re-read it) and am currently in the process of reading “Worth It” – will probably post a review of it on my blog, The Erica Upgrade Project (http://theericaupgradeproject.blogspot.com) once I’m finished. Another one I’d add to this list that I’m currently in the process of reading is “The Authentic Budget” by Sarah Li Cain.

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks Erica! We will definitely consider those titles for our next roundup!

  • Jane Markota

    Chellie Campbell’s “The Wealthy Spirit” should be on the list! It has a page-a-day format that is motivational, funny and informative. I’m currently re-reading it!

    • Rachel Morgan Cautero

      Thanks Jane! We love getting reader suggestions.