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Why Women Should Rule the World Paperback – Bargain Price, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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".
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.
There were several flaws in the book. First like most books it had very strong "class filters" in operation. Meaning that Ms Myers focused on jobs like CEO CFO etc that pay in the millions, and ignores that 99% of our current workforce works for a lot less money and prestige.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 23 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 23 months ago by Doug
I agree with the title!!! (lol) but this was just an OK read.Published on July 10, 2014 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 W