A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what it takes to run a successful business -- including bouncing back after mistakes and mishaps. Includes profiles of women in a wide variety of industries, almost none of whom kids will have heard of.
As author Diana Kapp says in the introduction, "the tools you need to invent world-changing things are the tools you need for life: doggedness, heart, community, faith, and a stash of candy for emergencies." "Don't wait. Go run the world." Every profile includes a "Business 101" piece of advice at the top and practical tips highlighted in the text.
Positive Role Models
All the successful women in Girls Who Run the World are positive role models who share the ups and downs of their business experience, lessons learned, and have encouraging things to say to kids about believing in themselves and their ideas, working hard, and never giving up. The group of 31 CEOS includes women of various races and sexual orientations.
Products & Purchases
It's a book all about businesses, so brand names are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One CEO lists as her "Guilty Pleasure: Dirty Martinis (my wife is coming out with a new gin)."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Diana Kapp's Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business offers profiles of successful women who run their own companies in a variety of fields, including the tech industry, fashion, food, science, makeup, media, construction, and more. It also includes a "Business Survival Kit," how to write a "very preliminary business plan," and a chapter on finances. This would be an especially good choice for business-minded teens and budding entrepreneurs.
Is It Any Good?
This lively, thorough collection of CEO profiles offers heaps of inspiration and many practical tips about how to succeed in business. Its clear, attractive design highlights ideas, advice, and insider secrets that kids can can take to heart, whether they're thinking of starting their own business, organizing a movement, or running for student council. The information in Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business is so solid, it would be valuable for adult entrepreneurs, too! Discussions of a business plan, market size, competitive advantage, economies of scale, angel investors, venture capital, cash flow, interest and principal on a loan, and information on how to file a patent may seem more geared to college-level readers than middle schoolers and teens. And the Science section includes sophisticated concepts like DNA mutations, genetic code, and gene-editing.
Middle schoolers and high schoolers may be particularly interested in products or businesses they've heard of, such as Pop Sugar, Spanx, Stich Fix, and Bare Minerals. But most of the women and businesses here don't have brand-name recognition. Still, all of the success stories are interesting.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Books with Stories of Extraordinary Women
Books with Strong Female Characters
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate