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Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way . . . In Life, In Love, and At Work Paperback – March 3, 2009
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The daughter of a lawyer and a community activist, Merlino describes herself as "chubby from the age of nine and generally known as 'outspoken' (if you liked that sort of thing) or 'bossy' (if you didn't)." Her go-getting resume includes a Fulbright Scholarship, a non-profit she started to foster women's entrepreneurship, and work on three presidential campaigns (including Bill Clinton's). In this self-help memoir, Merlino recounts those and other adventures while tracing the path to her crowning achievement, the 1993 founding of Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Looking at the idea from conception to execution, Merlino illustrates ways in which any woman can actualize her desires. Imagination and dedication are key; Merlino insists that no matter what "the system" you're up against may be-courtship, marriage, politics, law, workplace power structures-it's "more malleable than you think." Citing role models ranging from the women of Rwanda to Eddie Murphy's character in Coming to America, Merlino's extended pep-talk should inspire readers to envision and pursue their ideals: "Whatever you can imagine for yourself, you can achieve."
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About the Author
NELL MERLINO created Take Our Daughters to Work Day for the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, and today, more than 71 million Americans have taken part. She is currently CEO of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, which helps women grow microbusinesses into million-dollar enterprises through its Make Mine a Million $ Business program. She lives in Manhattan.
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Clovia Hamilton, President
Lemongrass Consulting, Inc.
An easy read I read this on the flight from LA to Hawaii a few weeks ago. I loved the juicy nuggets she serves up. Here are a few:
1. Exercise the favor muscle.
2. Changing systems is easier than you think.
3. Imagine our future.
4. The ripple effect.
5. Daily choices make the difference.
6. The overall message...what are you waiting for? or better, what am I waiting for? Permission? From who?
This timely message resonated with me. Nell shares that statistically 50% of the women business owners earn less than $50k annually. Wow!
Women, including myself, have a hope, inspiration, or an idea that brings value to the marketplace. Why don't we pursue it or fully leverage the idea? Or a better question might be, why do we stall out in our pursuit? What is it we don't know? Nell is committed to connecting us to the knowlege and resources through her Make Mine a Million $ Business. [...]
I put this book down inspired and compelled to no longer settle for mediocre in my own business. I am joining the race. How about you?