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Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth Paperback – April 3, 2012
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"A rallying cry for women to get the money they deserve."
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
A lot of getting ahead in the workplace has to do with being willing to raise your hand If we as women don’t raise our hands in the workplace, we’re not going to get the same opportunities men do. Because men keep their hands up.”
Nora Ephron, writer and director
The words favored nationsthat’s an expression all women should know. In other words, you always want to be paid no less than what anyone else is being paid.”
Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
Just look around and you’ll see plenty of evidence that asking for what we want results not in the realization of our own worst fears but in getting what we want.”
About the Author
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Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition" and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to "CBS Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes." Brzezinski joined CBS News in 1997 as the anchor of "CBS News Up To The Minute," but took a short hiatus in 2000 to co-host MSNBC's weekday afternoon program "Homepage." In September 2001, she returned to CBS to become their principal "Ground Zero" reporter for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Brzezinski began her journalism career in 1991 in Hartford, Connecticut, as a general assignment reporter at WTIC. A year later she joined WFSB, also in Hartford, and quickly became the weekday morning anchor.
A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of Foreign Policy Expert and Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. She attended Williams College and received a degree in English. Brzezinski lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
I think this book is a great resource for every woman, and especially relevant for young women starting out on the corporate ladder, especially when there is so much "fluff" is written on career advice. I admire Mika B's honesty, and her access to prominent women is really helpful in that, their stories may provide the motivation for some women to act on the advice given in this book.
Mika Brzezinski has done her homework. She's talked to major female players such as Tina Brown, Nora Ephron, Suze Orman and Arianna Huffington. She shares their advice along with her own. The main narrative is her own story of struggling for years in broadcast journalism until she landed her co-host position on the MSNBC hit show Morning Joe. Even after that milestone, she was still overworked and underpaid. As co-host she worked fulltime on the show, but the network still made her do other freelance assignments and nightly shifts, while knowing she was a working mother and paying the other male host fourteen times her salary.
Brzezinski shares informative facts and figures. For instance, women tend to think they're lucky when they get a break, ask for less pay (they make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes) and generally operate on emotion and approval (one woman told Brzezinski how she received a pair of nice earrings and plenty of praise for her hard work instead of a raise or promotion). Women also tend to do most of the housework, take care of the family and elders even if they are the breadwinner, and shy away from demanding what they want or need. Besides giving the lay of the land on the gender wage gap issue, Brzezinski gives concrete tips and strategies for how to ask for more pay.Read more ›
Why You Should Not Buy This Book
I dislike Knowing Your Value for several reasons. First, the book lacks sufficient method for actually determining your personal worth to an organization. Its premise is that an individual’s value contribution should be based on the compensation of others in similar positions. The shortfall with this argument is that each unique individual contributes differently to the organization and so offers his/her own value proposition. Additionally, there is an underlying assumption that the comparison employees have accurately identified and won their value – a premise that is often not true. Second, the book maintains a foundational assumption that the author was treated differently because she is a woman. While this may or may not be true, the comparison employees identified were noted as contributing significantly greater intellectual and creative works to their organization; suggesting that they were rightfully compensated more. Brzezinski discounts the fact that men, minorities, and other classes of people may also be undervalued, for the reasons she presents, and that everyone should methodically seek to identify and demand their value from employers.
For its shortfalls in revealing how to calculate one’s personal value contribution and its faulted underlying logic and assumptions, I recommend you not purchase or invest time reading Knowing Your Value.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great information I think this book is a very good tool for young woman startig out in the workforce as weel as seasoned professional woman.Published 6 days ago by Caroline Aguilar Bruder
It's good to know as much as you can about a problem you are working to solve. "Knowing Your Value" contains insights from people in various walks that adds knowledge for women... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Marion Husler
eye opener, I've struggled with very similar challenges in the workplace, as a professional woman. reading this book has inspired me to break down the barriers I have put around... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. J. Diaz
Read this book if for nothing else than the chapter on how to negotiate your salary, raise, etc. The whole book is worth reading, but that chapter is great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kimberly D. Baldwin
I do not enjoy MSNBC but her book was very good! Good tips for women to value themselves! She pointed out how men get ahead just by assuming things and women ask to much for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I wish I had this book when I started my career. I will give this book to my nieces as they embark on their career.Published 1 month ago by TAMMY