Book Review: In the Company of Women

Curl up by the fire with a blanket,
a cup of tea, and this beautiful book.
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney (Artisan) is a gem of a book. Grace Bonney, the founder of Design*Sponge, one of my favorite websites, interviewed over 100 incredible and influential women from all backgrounds in this celebration of a global movement of entrepreneurship. In this book, they describe their creative processes, what success means to them, and the best business advice they received when first starting out. If you're tired of not seeing entrepreneurs who look like you, then this is your book.

Bonney states in her introduction, "I'm proud of what we've done as a community to support these business owners, but in 2014 I had a realization: the majority of women-centered business events, books, and platforms were promoting the same type of woman over and over again. These success stories most often belonged to young, straight, white, cisgender women. I am 100 percent in support of any business that's bringing good into the world, but I was acutely aware of how many women (women of color, women from the LGBT community, and differently-abled women) weren't being celebrated or included in these discussions." The businesses she features vary from new start-ups to companies with years of experience but each of the women who runs them will inspire you. This book is one that you will return to regularly for doses of advice, and flipping through its pages is like joining a community of powerful women who are making a real difference in the world.

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