The importance of a good book cannot be understated. While I tend towards fiction myself and love losing myself in a good story, I’ve been increasingly reading more and more nonfiction, especially memoirs and autobiographies. There are people out there that have lived absolutely fascinating lives and their stories are must-reads if you’re looking to be inspired by their strength, intelligence, bravery, and experiences. Empowered women empower women, and the women who wrote these seven memoirs are not only empowered, they want to empower you. Whatever you look for in a great read, know that you’ll find it in these books. Strong women, a little humor even in the dark times, advice for your own future, and a great outlook, it all awaits you between the covers of these books.