With the launch of “Shred Girls: Lindsay’s Joyride” and my first race of the season this month, I needed a little confidence boost. Enter: “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. I think we could all use a little more confidence in our lives—and this book isn’t only about HAVING confidence, it’s about USING it to our best advantage. And between Mother’s Day in a couple weeks and the fact that this month is all about girls and getting them more confident on bikes for me with Shred Girls events, the timing is perfect.
About the book:
Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career. Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.
Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition—with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business—Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to “lean in.”Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve.
AND THEN…. If you have a Shred Girl in your life, have her read the author’s companion book for younger women: “The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self”!
About the Confidence Code for Girls:
Girls can rule the world—all they need is confidence. This empowering, entertaining guide from the bestselling authors of The Confidence Code gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless. It’s a paradox familiar to parents everywhere: girls are achieving like never before, yet they’re consumed with doubt on the inside. Girls worry constantly about how they look, what people think, whether to try out for a sports team or school play, why they aren’t getting “perfect” grades, and how many likes and followers they have online. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman use cutting-edge science and research, as well as proven methods of behavioral change, to reach girls just when they need it the most—the tween and teen years. Packed with graphic novel strips; appealing illustrations; fun lists, quizzes, and challenges; and true stories from tons of real girls, The Confidence Code for Girls teaches girls to embrace risk, deal with failure, and be their most authentic selves.
I love the idea of doing this as a book club that spans generations—a mom and daughter are the obvious ones who can read together, but what about if you’re the coach of a youth program? Maybe get the girls on your team to read one while you read the other. I’m going to mention it at the few events I have coming up, and hopefully get more girls and women reading about how to be more kickass and confident!