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How Jane Won: 55 Successful Women Share How They Grew from Ordinary Girls to Extraordinary Women Hardcover – February 27, 2001


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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

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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.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (February 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609607588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609607589
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is organized to make it easy to use.
Donald Mitchell
In a small way this book showed me that if one takes the right steps, it is possible to achieve great things.
Lauren Kitz
This was a great book for women, especially young women, to read.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are like me and enjoyed See Jane Win, you will find this book even more valuable and moving!
This book deserves more than five stars for providing essential perspectives that women can use to build happier and more successful lives. How Jane Won should be in the hands of all girls and young women. The 55 examples will surely capture elements that echo deep in each reader's heart and mind.
The book is organized to make it easy to use. All of the key points from See Jane Win are included here. If you have not yet read that book, you can simply read this one instead. This book is divided into sections around current career activities: Lawmakers and Adjudicators; Shatterers of Glass Ceilings (mostly businesswomen); Healers and Discoverers; Nurturers; Artists and Musicians; and Communicators.
So, if you are a young woman who likes science, you can read the sections that include women who have pursued scientific careers. If you want to go into business, you can read that section. If you think you want to be an at-home parent, you can read the section about nurturers.
I do suggest that everyone read the whole book at some point. The stories contain many general lessons, even when the career isn't one that you or your daughter might want to choose.
For parents, the nice surprise is how much each woman spoke about her mother and father. You can get a good sense of how those roles are pursued can help . . . or hold a young woman back.
Aside from summarizing the research of 1000 women in See Jane Win, the book is totally divided into brief autobiographical descriptions of the key steps along the way to each woman's success.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "neeterskeeter27" on April 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In "See Jane Win", Dr. Sylvia Rimm and Dr. Sara Rimm-Kaufman studied and reported on 1,100 successful women. The women, who had indicated that they were happy with both their home and career lives, filled out survies about their lives. The results, which included such findings as biggest role models, birth orders, schools attended and activities participated in while young, served parents with information on possible ways to raise daughters. The short anecdotes about several survey participants served girls and young women with inspirational mini-biographies about women who had become what they themselves define as successful.
"How Jane Won", subtitled "55 Successful Women Share How They Grew from Ordinary Girls to Extraordinary Women" includes more autobiographies by such women. The book is divided into six sections of careers: the Lawmakers and Adjudicators, the Shatterers of Glass Ceilings, the Healers and Discoverers, the Nurturers, the Artists and Musicians, and the Communicators. Women telling their life stories range from astranauts to homemakers, and include Christina Whitman (Governor of New Jersey), Nydia M. Velazquez (US Congresswoman), Sandra Day O'Connor, Cathleen Black (President of Hearst Magazines), Eileen COllins (NASA Astrnaut and Space Shuttle Commander), Alexa Canady, M.D. (Pediatric Nerosurgeon), Martha Aarons (Flutist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), Jane Pauley (Anchor, NBC News and Dateline), Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch actress), and Jacqauleyn Mitchard (bestselling author).
Although one would fear this book would turn into a Chicken Soup for the Feminist Soul, most of the stories do an amazing job of staying on the practical and real side instead of the corny and romantic one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"I am a husband who likes to read and picked up your bookby accident at (...)   I must say that I am very impressed by the book and would like to see a lot of young people, particularly young women, read the book.  It is the kind of positive reading material that one picks up and can never quite put down once the reading starts.
There is a strong need in this country for more stories to be told like the ones in "How Jane Won."  Thanks, Dr. Rimm.   I think your book is a must read for women everywhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on Saturday at the local bookstore and read through it in a weekend. Now I am online to buy one for my siste r and daughter. Beautiful and moving stories of famous and not so famous women. Some are quite funny and others made me weep, but each one is unique. I marked a few for re-reading when I need a little inspiration or a quick pick-me-up. Thank you Dr. Rimm for giving me a chance to see what has helped other women to be happy with their life and career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jennifer on December 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
How Jane Won is an inspirational book of success stories of women of every race, age, and occupation. It shows how success is something each individual must define for themselves, because ultimately, success is whatever makes you happy. This book shows how modern women can achieve success and happiness, and is full of practical advice and inspiration. You'll probably find yourself rereading stories that you can relate to and others that are role models of what you'd like to accomplish. A great book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Kitz on October 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book because it wasn't some tedious self help guide that just went on and on with the author's personal philosophy. This book presented the material it did and got across the message it did by using real peoples' experiences. That not only made for a more interesting read but simaltaneously proved it's philosophy to be applicable to everyday life. There is no better way to instill a motivation, in this case the belief that it is entirely possible for women to succeed, than to use examples. By reading these stories and following the women from childhood on, the route they took to their accomplishments becomes very comprehensive and seems manageable. In a small way this book showed me that if one takes the right steps, it is possible to achieve great things.
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