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5 Books About Powerful Women

From Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga

Women have come a long way in the world, in terms of power, success and influence, have they not? But who am I, as a man, to make such a statement? My views may not be so insightful, but below are five women, however, who embody that, IMHO.

Michelle Obama

Chic, trendsetting and trailblazing, the First Lady has done quite a bit during her husband’s tenure as the POTUS. Her health initiatives, especially with food and exercise, are wonderful. Check out her best-selling American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America to see what’s she has tried to do (at the grassroots level, literally) for our kids.

Anna Wintour

Women’s fashion is almost synonymous with the editrix-in-chief of Vogue. Naturally, there is The Devil Wears Prada, a sub-rosa roman a clef describing her, but in a few months there will be this tome detailing some of her accomplishments: Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People. And on May 8, the new Anna Wintour Costume Center opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”

Queen Elizabeth II

The largest female landowner in the UK, if not the world, and the most famous royal out there, too. Hmmm. Try this one: At Home With The Queen, by Brian Hoey, who is a “royals insider,” as it were. Better, I think, than one of those massive pictorials or stiff biographies.

Lady Gaga

I wanted to put Beyoncé on here, or Angelina Jolie or J.K. Rowling, to offer a standout figure from pop culture, but I think that, in the world of youth culture, and culture at large, there was the phenomenon of Madonna and now there is Lady Gaga, especially as the members of her fanbase refer to themselves as “little monsters,” just as Jackie Huba’s Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics details.

Arianna Huffington

Oprah Winfrey, to my mind, is the most successful female media mogul out there, but much of her life is well-known, and has been (over)written about. Arianna Huffington provides a nifty contrast with her recent Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Interesting reading from an interesting individual and career track.

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