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Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better Paperback – Bargain Price, June 29, 2010
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This collaboration between broadcasting powerhouses Shipman and Kay gives career women explicit permission to demand the balance that's been missing in their lives. The authors assert that after decades of trying to outdo men or fighting the Mommy Wars in the office trenches of the 1980s and 1990s, women have gained enough corporate clout to start changing the workplace to suit their needs. Shipman and Kay review the depth of women's influence as consumers and earners, maintaining that their power gives them the right and the ability to ask for flexibility in their work lives, to negotiate assertively and effectively, to say no and to give up the guilt associated with getting their needs met. Through Shipman and Kay's own stories of struggling with demanding work and home lives and anecdotes from other working mothers, the authors make a convincing argument that with some mental and emotional effort, women can create their ideal work and home lives. Filled with pragmatic and optimistic steps, this book will inspire readers to set in motion a flexibility-driven business revolution that can benefit all women and men, families and workforces. (June)
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“A personal, provocative and challenging book for career women who want less guilt, more life.” (Diane Sawyer)
“Womenomics describes the workplace trend that finally makes it possible for women to be successful and sane at the same time. And happily, it’s a recession-friendly formula. (Tina Brown, founder, The Daily Beast)
“Shipman and Kay have issued a rallying cry for women that is also a wake-up call for men. Our wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers are reshaping business as we know it. And that can make us all better off.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind)
“Without wasted words, Shipman and Kay provide practical suggestions for how you can take charge of your career with courage and confidence.” (Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office)
“Womenomics makes a compelling statement about the financial impact women can have in the workplace and offers valuable ideas for capitalizing on this trend, even in this economic climate.” (Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook)
“Buy a copy of Womenomics for yourself, your best friend, your daughter, your star employee, and even your boss.” (Cathie Black, president, Hearst Magazines and author of Basic Black)
“Employers should be listening to what talented women want and use this book to hold up their end of the bargain, so that the best and brightest can have both a job and a life.” (Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of Confidence)
“Every woman who’s ever been knocked off course in the quest to have the elusive ‘all’ should run out and buy this book today!” (Dee Dee Myers, former White House press secretary and author of Why Women Should Rule the World)
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The authors do an excellent job of painting a coming revolution in the idea of the "workplace," seeing a future revisioning of work that is "results only"--that is, you are paid for the results you produce, and not where or when or how you produce those results. I think this workplace revolution may indeed be in the offing, and ties in with larger goals of reducing gas consumption in commuting, problems with traffic congestion, office energy use overhead, etc. This vision was useful to see in print. What if work was something you could combine with family life, in a way that family did not suffer? That is a vision worth having.
Also, the authors do provide some very specific advice, which sets it above other books that only paint the picture and do not tell you how to do the same yourself.
Probably the biggest weakness, though, is that not all (and maybe not even most) jobs are the professional level ones the authors have where the person herself is valuable and results do not have to be achieved in a certain location/time. Many women are utterly replaceable, and some jobs (like Wal-Mart cashier) have to be done at a certain place and time. I am not sure this book would be very helpful to women working in such positions, and I'd like to see the authors tackle those issues. I'd recommend Joan Williams' Unbending Gender as a complementary book that readers interested in this topic should also peruse.
It gives great advise on how to deal with situations at work as a mom.
Initially, when I bought the book I thought it would be more about glass ceiling and women in the business world.
It's a great book and I would definitely recommend it to women having to deal with family and their careers.
I have to say that based on some of the reviews it appears that the sentiment is that it is a book that is primarily for women who know exactly what their level of value and know how is to a company. That would be their negotiating power. That, and their knowledge of "womenomics," as I learned in the reading. I like the term and definition of it.
Let me speak frankly as a Disabled Veteran of the Liberation of Kuwait, a College Graduate with a near 4.0 Grade point average, and a woman who loaded bombs in the purpose of liberating Kuwait, and a subsequent employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs for nearly ten years, who was fired. Go figure!
As a soldier in combat in a dominantly male "AFSC"(Air Force's career field acronym), having been debilitatingly injured, going on to graduate college and landing a job with the Department of Veterans Affairs, all while experiencing the most excruciating pain of my life from my injury, and then putting up with the demands of a power hungry management mentality at VA, these women's stories spoke to me about self-integrity, and somehow the words about being willing to walk away soothed my own guilt about being fired.
I hear what they are saying, though our circumstances are not the same.(I never got promoted at VA, as stellar as my credentials were, though I went up 5 times for promotions.) To me the question was simply, that at some point we as women, no matter where we are, have to be able to look at a thing and ask ourselves, "When is enough, enough?" What's our out? What does it look like?(We as women inherently know that when balance starts to go, so will our life force in some manner.) Shortly after I was 'freed' I had a health exam and I had breast cancer. While I was still employed at VA I saw several people fall right out of their chairs. Two of them died. The last thing they did before hitting the floor and leaving the planet was that they by gosh processed that 'one more claim!' (Our performance standards were absurd. And usually meant to facilitate someone else's promotion to higher and higher positions.)
These women's stories spoke to me about my own vision for myself. At some point you just get sick and tired of being at others' beck and call, no matter who you are and what you currently do. I was fired/freed. I will no longer allow myself to be bullied and tricked into believing I was somehow inappropriate for taking care of myself with my disability, and convinced that my worth is only about submitting hopelessly to those who would gladly use me up, and step all over me irresponsibly.(The least of what others think we are about as women. Even some women there held this opinion.)
I hope from reading the rest of the book that I can continue to feel in my heart of hearts more acceptance of myself in making peace with being fired, and a hope for my own integrity in what matters to me to come of age.
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