Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success
Claire Shipman, Katty Kay
“A personal, provocative, and challenging book for career women who want less guilt, more life.”
Womenomics, the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, is an invaluable guide for this generation of professional women, provide knowledgeable advice on how to “Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better.” Shipman and Kay, two TV journalists well acquainted with the stress of the workplace, describe the new economic trends that offer today’s overworked working women more professional and personal choices than ever before. At last, you no longer have to do it all to have it all—Womenomics shows you how.
was born. “I got a call from my boss in my hospital room as I was holding the baby! There was a major thing happening at the university and she needed to talk to me about it. I told her, ‘There’s a doctor walking into the room, I’ll have to call you back.’ And she said ‘All right. Well, try to call me by 10 A.M.’” In retrospect what shocks Christine more than that request was her own response. “I said, ‘Okay’!” remembers Christine, chagrined. “If I look back, it’s one of the conversations I
younger generations, quips, “They are going to be the most high-performing civic-minded workforce in the history of the world, but they are also going to be the most high-maintenance workforce in the history of the world.” “Generation Y is completely untethered. They’ve been utilizing technology for years, so when they get into the work environment and they’re a little more chained to their desk and to desktop computers, they don’t know what to do,” explains Cali Ressler, one of the cofounders
frightening. And again, we are hard-core realists. You will give something up. Eventually it won’t seem like a sacrifice, and it won’t seem like the psychic earthquake Maria describes, but it will take some time to get to that point. One of the greatest challenges is simply overcoming your own demons about what scaling back might mean. Almost all of our Womenomics women have put themselves through some sort of drill to help face down their fears. Ours is called the Womenomics “what if” exercise.
this mind adjustment is not just knowing what you want and what you don’t want, but it is also living that realization day to day. KATTY Ego is a big, big problem in television. Our careers feed off being seen. The more recognized we are, the more wellknown we become, the more our organizations value us and the more they pay us. It is a seductive and very slippery slope. Because once you’ve tasted a little fame, you tend to want more, and as with all addictive confections, there can never be
took on Womenomics not as a job, but as a cause. Naturally, we’d hardly be practicing Womenomics if we didn’t delegate some of the work on this book. Many, many thanks to Lizette Baghdadi, Ashley Rindsburg, Erin Delmore, Jessica Nell Hayes, Chloe Abshire, and Jocelyn Phillips whose diligent and resourceful help with research and editing and transcribing literally got us to deadline. We’d also like to thank Valerie Jarrett, Geraldine Laybourne, and Meg Whitman, who graciously gave us their time