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Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success Hardcover – June 2, 2009
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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)
Top customer reviews
Documentation is very thin (only two books are cited in the entire book) and there are no real case studies, even of the authors' own lives; personal experiences are only sketchily evoked in vignettes. Even the authors' personal stories are very schematic; for example, Shipman talks about "my husband"  but never mentions she's been married twice. There are almost no cultural references, not even allusion to relevant ones like Max Weber or the Sabbath.
Shipman and Kay have a stunted sense of what is meaningful in life and present conventional family life (dominated by children, with husbands a ghostly presence; on the other hand, a prospective employer is called a "potential mate" ) as the only meaningful activity outside business. Sex itself is mentioned not once in the book.
Family life with children is the only possible alternative to business activity -- the life of the mind, art, even politics are never mentioned, and religion, too, is absent. In fact, only two institutions are acknowledged to exist in the world of Womenomics: the corporation and the family.
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.
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