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No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 28, 2010
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Feldt is one of the most motivating women in America, period. Her observations are sharp and her courage is contagiousfor women of both political parties.” Cindi Leive,
Editor-In-Chief of Glamour magazine
An up-to-the-minute, indispensable book. This book is the coach young women need.” Gloria Steinem
One of those books that has the power to change your life. It’s challenging and smart, but most important, it gives you actual tools you can use to walk in your own power.”
Gloria’s redefinition of power is exactly what the world needs today.”Peter Buffett, composer, philanthropist, and author of Life Is What You Make It
No Excuses challenges women to embrace their strength and choose power over fear.” Jehmu Greene, President, Women’s Media Center
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In the book there is a great quote from then-Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. "My mother was born before women could vote. My daughter gets to vote for her mother for president." But what we see as the chapters progress is that while women have more opportunity today, many are still not comfortable reaching for it. (I have always considered myself pretty empowered. Then I read the the questions on page 26 and had to think again. Maybe I am not as far along as I thought.)
So challenge yourself to do more and be more. Read "No Excuses" and use your power to make a difference.
So imagine my surprise when I read No Excuses and learned that Gloria's own assessment of her relationship to power is mixed. In the first few pages, she confesses that she failed to fully embrace her power during much of her life, and that she used what power she did have to help other women clarify their life purpose, rather than focusing on her own.
This particular line from the introduction resonated deeply with me: "It is this relationship with power -- almost a spiritual factor, rarely acknowledged by the metrics or even the philosophers, which I've witnessed in myself and countless other women -- that fascinated and propelled me to write this book. For until we understand and redefine our relationship with power we will stay stuck in our half-finished revolution."
Wow. "Our half-finished revolution." That feels so true it aches. So how do we move ahead? No Excuses suggests nine ways to do that, starting with understanding your own internalized barriers and ending with my favorite bit of advice, "Don't follow your dream -- lead it." Throughout the nine chapters, each focused on a different technique for changing the way you think about power, Gloria Feldt offers stories of women, well-known and not, who faced the same challenges we face now. And if you like good quotations as much as I do, you'll find a wealth of those in here too, scattered like bread crumbs helping you find your way.
In short, this is a great book that reads well, will get you thinking, and with a touch of grace, taking action. Highly recommended.
But all too often, over the years, I found myself getting stuck on the "how to take" part. ("Don't want to seem pushy, b*tchy, selfish or <gasp> M.E.A.N.)
Enter another feminist icon also named Gloria - Gloria Feldt, former CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Federation - with the recipe for action. In her new book, NO EXCUSES, Gloria presents 9 practical and tactical steps that we woman can use to (re)claim our power. You can think of it as "everything you always wanted to know about power but were afraid to ask.")
Honest, authentic, heartfelt, and inspiring - this is the kind of book that you will want to refer back to over and over as you work to figure out how to make the most of your precious time here on this earth. Thanks to Gloria & her terrific new book - I'm off to unlimit, unleash, and just do it. No more excuses.
If there something in you just waiting to burst forth and make a difference in this lifetime, you must read this book. Highly, highly recommended.
-Dr. Debra Condren, author of "Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams" (Random House/Broadway)