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Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 26, 2011
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"A rallying cry for women to get the money they deserve."
“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.”
“The words favored nations—that’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.”
“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.”
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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
Well written and the feedback from multiple sources keeps you engaged. This book applies to all women, whether you're in the beginning, middle or end of your career.Published 4 days ago by Katelyn
More than her own personal story, this is a collection of advice from women at the top of their careers from just about every sector: politics, journalism, finance, tech, etc. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Nicuzza
Lots of large and small nuggets of information. She didn't overdo it with details of her personal experiences, but blended them nicely with advice from other women leaders. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Winter
I bought this after hearing Mika B at a conference. The book was worth the money. I don't think I will purchase the follow up book.Published 1 month ago by kelly
GREAT BOOK! Have recommended it to many friends (working or not)!Published 1 month ago by Cate Grant
Great Book! Definitely helps with actually executing your value and your worth. Women might know they worth more than jewels but do not know how to execute their worth and Mika B. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a bit trite and repetitive; the main premise was about how women need to negotiate effectively. Read morePublished 2 months ago by katarinaism
An amazing book about how women undervalue themselves as well as how they can often be undervalued by others.Published 2 months ago by Ariel Dive