See Jane Win
was propelled to the bestseller list by girls and parents seeking advice on how modern women can achieve success and happiness. How Jane Won
, its companion, tells the stories of some 50 women who have been successful both at work and at home. Ranging in age from 30 to 80--some famous, some not--these women speak in their own voices about how their girlhoods sowed the seeds for their success, and how they coped with society's prejudices, triumphed despite discouragement, and found inspiration. They are lawmakers and judges, shatterers of glass ceilings, healers and discoverers, teachers and community leaders, artists and musicians, and communicators. And their stories are full of good counsel and inspiration.
Christine Whitman, the first woman governor of New Jersey, recounts how she was "more of a problem than a leader" as a kid, but succeeded anyway due to the self-confidence imbued in her by her parents. Sandra Day O'Connor tells of gaining early independence on a cattle ranch and being sent off to school in a distant city with no phone to communicate with her family. Connie Matsui, the daughter of servants, describes how she became the vice president of a pharmaceutical company and the president of the Girl Scouts of America while raising two children. Eileen Collins, NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander, was a shy child who worked her way through college to put more women into space. After a copy of Booker T. Washington's autobiography literally fell on her head, plant physiologist Camellia Okpodu renewed her commitment to finish college despite the racism she confronted there. Mary GrandPré shares how becoming more confident improved her art, which in turn led to her being selected as the illustrator for the Harry Potter books, and news anchor Jane Pauley shares why not making varsity cheerleader in tenth grade was the luckiest thing that ever happened to her. These stories remind us of the qualities that make for success in any life's path, of the unseen gifts in the seeming tragedies, and of the real potential for creating a fulfilling life as a woman with a career and a family. How Jane Won is a terrific gift for the young woman in your life. --Lesley Reed
From Publishers Weekly
In the popular See Jane Win, psychologist Rimm enumerated the primary factors that help girls grow into successful women, demonstrating to parents the value of encouraging healthy competition, intellect, hard work and careful decisions about schools and friends. In this companion book, which will be welcomed by parents and by those simply curious about women's psychology, Rimm and her daughter, a research psychologist, interviewed women ranging from their 30s to their 80s about their roads to success and satisfaction, at work and in their personal lives. The authors wisely let them tell their own stories, though given the challenges, adventures and strokes of luck these women have experienced, and the strength they have displayed, they seem to defy the description "ordinary." Grouped by profession (e.g., "Healers and Discoverers"), her subjects include high-profile women (Gov. Christine Whitman and space shuttle Cmdr. Eileen Collins) as well as doctors, scientists, teachers, executives and many other professionals. Every reader will find resonance somewhere in this wide array of experiences of hardship and comfort, mediocre and top grades, social success and difficulty, though some interviews are disappointing (the women in media professions, for instance, come across as strangely bland). Particularly affecting are the stories of Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller, U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York, and the memorable Mary Previte, New Jersey state assemblywoman, who spent part of her childhood in a Japanese prison camp in China. This impressive group of mainstream feminist role models will inspire girls and women alike. (Feb.) Forecast: The bestselling record of the Rimmses' previous book, a 20-city radio tour, a 23-city author tour and widespread interest in girls' development should guarantee this book broad exposure and a long life.
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