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Why Women Should Rule the World Paperback – February 24, 2009
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About the Author
Dee Dee Myers served as White House press secretary during Bill Clinton's first term. She was the first woman to hold that position. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, a political analyst and commentator, and a lecturer on politics and women's issues. She lives with her husband and their children in Washington, D.C.
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It is men that seem to create much of the pain and suffering that is pervasive across our planet. I don't think any of you readers can disagree too vehemently about this. Women have the natural tendency to want to connect first and exercise one of the habits described by Dr. Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" - to seek first to understand and then be understood. Dee Dee is a smart, insightful woman ahead of her time...
I'm all for equality between the sexes, but when I picked up this book I thought the reader would get a woman's perspective on curing some of the ills of the world. Instead, Mrs. Myers' audience gets that standard female pep talk you hear all over the place these days - "Woman can do anything a man can do; often differently and sometimes better."
It's not the worst read I've ever expierenced, but I know I won't be going out of my way to read any future contributions she makes to literature so take that for what it's worth.
Myers offers a number of eye opening examples of womens positive influence in business, politics, education etc. She speaks to the importance of educating women around the globe. One paragraph reads, "When Larry Summers was chief economist at World Bank, he argued that educating girls probably produced better returns than any other investment in the developed world....If fact, when women's incomes go up, child survival rates improve by an astonishing twenty times more than if a mans income increases by a similar amount....And children's weight measures improve eightfold."
Myers addresses the role of women in the corporate arena. She writes "Women make the vast majority of consumer decisions in this country - by many accounts, more than 80 percent. But we still don't have enough influence at the top of corporations that make and sell those goods and services. True, women now fill about half of all managerial positions, but among Fortune 500 companies, women account for only 16% of corporate officers, 5% of top earners - and an anemic 2% of CEOs".
Myers uses Revlon as an example to illustrate her point. The company is known for making womens products and yet "all of the company's senior managers and all but 3 members of its board were men".
The book is divided into three sections: Why Women Don't Rule the World, Why Women Should Rule the World and How Women Can Rule the World.
Myers uncaps her pen by discussing her experience as press secretary to President Clinton. She was the first woman chosen for the job, and the president and senior staff made the job less important than it had been. Myers didn't get a raise that was owed to her; the money went to a man because "he has a family." Over and over Myers tells stories about women that have more responsibility than authority, and that are judged by appearance first and accomplishments later. Frustration spills from the pages.
Why should women rule the world? In a word, empathy. Myers points out that women have experience in having children, which is a primary way to think of someone else before yourself. This skill alone, she argues, would be invaluable in world leaders. Another skill women bring to the table is practicality. Myers received a hand towel from a friend that read: "If the three wise men had been women, they would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, brought practical gifts, and there would be Peace on Earth."
The last part of the book discusses how women can -- perish the thought! -- actually take control.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an enjoyable enlightening and well documented read. It opened up my eyes about a couple of dozen situiations that I learned in the book -to mention 2 : "when... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Murrell R. Morgan
I ordered it to be a light reading that would help students see matter of political influence a new way, and a womanist way. In that respect it very much served its purpose.Published 17 months ago by William J. Puka
I thought I would read this and if it was good I would get one for each of my two daughters. After reading it, I'm getting one for my son too. Every man should read this.Published 17 months ago by Doug
I agree with the title!!! (lol) but this was just an OK read.Published 19 months ago by Barbara Sypolt
Excellent! Very well written, should be a requirement in all college feminist, gender, and sociology classes! Men need to read this too!!Published on October 28, 2013 by Terry
I saw Dee Dee Myers on a news show (I think MSNBC) and really liked listening to her and what she had to say. So, I bought her book. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Marilyn K Preston
Any woman who is struggling in this male centered world of ours can benefit from reading this book. It is very well though out. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Lisa Waddell