It's no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have been made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In Knowing Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.
Prompted by her own experience as co-host of Morning Joe, Mika interviews a number of prominent women across a wide range of industries on their experience moving up in their fields. Mika reveals how these women, including such impresarios as White House star Valerie Jarrett, comedian Susie Essman, writer and director Nora Ephron, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, and broadcaster Joy Behar, navigated the inevitable roadblocks that are unique to women. Mika also uncovers what men think about the approach women take in the workplace, getting honest answers from Donnie Deutsch, Jack Welch, Donald Trump, and others about why women are paid less, and what pitfalls women face - and play into - as they try to get their worth at work. Knowing Your Value blends these personal stories and opinions with the latest research and polling on issues such as equal pay, women in the boardroom, and access to start-up capital.
Written in Mika's brutally honest, funny, and self-deprecating style, Knowing Your Value is a vital book for professional women of all ages.
©2011 Original material © 2011 Mika Brzezinski. Recorded by arrangement with Weinstein Books. (P)2011 (p) 2011 HighBridge Company
entertaining, practical and insightful
the mix of personal story with scientific research and interviews gives a very full picture
She has a lovely voice that is very relaxing and pleasant to listen to
In the beginning it starts up a little slowly going over stuff we already know all to well and a lot of personal detail. In the second half and towards the end of the book you receive various practical pointers and useful insights for your personal situation.
The insights and advice from successful women were eye-opening. So many of these women shared the same insecurities and experiences early in their careers.
The book is practical. Changes in outlook and behavior can be applied by any woman. I found myself wishing that I had read this book before encountering several work situations years ago before I retired. I would have handled situations a different way if I had read this book. And, I would have stopped wondering if I were the only person feeling the way I felt and experiencing the events I encountered.
Mika, as the investigator with her own workplace issues to address, is most important. She is speaking for so many women.
Yes and no because I didn't want to stop listening, but sometimes I needed a little space between chapters to think about what I had learned.
Knowing Your Value is a great book for any working woman. I will recommend it to my daughter.
I like how Mika B was brutally honest about a lot of the things that were going on in her career. Like not being able to afford a wardrobe. I think most people naively think that just because someone is on TV that they are rolling in the dough, soooo not true. I applaud her for keeping it real on this issue. It's not as glamorous as what people think. I also like the personal accounts from others who contributed to the book. All realistic perspectives, things that people may not want to hear but unfortunately, totally true. I liked how she explained the things that she did wrong. Her constant praise of Joe S and of the Boss at MSNBC got a little nauseating. I get it, you got to play the game in life, but geez, that part was irritating to me, a little over the top. Especially since at the end of the day, the powers that be at MSNBC still didn't directly give her the money she was due.
I think I would have liked the book more if the actual author was doing the narration. It's your story, make it more personal, make it more real, YOU TELL IT! Don't leave it for someone else to do.
The book dealt with all of the issues that women deal with in the work place, but I'm glad that it also hit on one of the biggest issues and that is how POORLY WOMEN TREAT OTHER WOMEN! Major problem. I wish someone would write a book like this for black women because the issues there would be magnified 100xs more by the race issue. However, I could still relate. The book started out a little slow at first and I was turned off because it seemed like it was going to be nothing more than an ass kissing session for Joe Scarborough but thank goodness it came around and dealt with real issues and problems. As a regular person it was refreshing to see that those in the spot light also have struggles. It was also very very disappointing to me that a station like MSNBC that seems to be so on top of things in it's progressive broadcasting content is still very much in the dark ages on it's treatment of women in the work place.
I listened to this after listening to Lean In so some of her points were redundant to me. I liked her insight into the differences in negotiating styles between men & women.
The narrator's voice sounded almost mechanical at times & without emotion. I don't know if I'd call it her accent but the way she pronounced words was very distracting!
I definitely would. I work on a computer all day so at night I like to just relax and listen to a good book without straining my eyes.
I really appreciated how Mika shared both her accomplishments and mistakes. It's great knowing I'm not the only one who's blundered through my career.
I found her to be a great narrator who was easily understood.
I already have! As a working mom, it is so difficult to balance your "responsibilities" with your dreams. Whether you like Mika or not, her story gives wonderful guidance based on real experiences by successful women and many male employers and it is written in a compelling format that most women will find engaging and easy to follow.
The inequities in salary based on sex is a fact. This book can help you grasp how to navigate that very rocky road while also giving voice to the frustrations that all working women and moms (whether you are working or not) face on a daily basis.
Yes! I already have. It reminds us that we have to work together as women if there will ever be any equality in the workplace, at any level. It helps you really think about other areas of your life and what example you are giving to the next generation of women watching you.
Get angry and do something about it.
Mika is a friend I see several times a week (on Morning Joe). I want her to do well, and as her story begins in "Knowing Your Value," I'm routing for her. In the end, her compelling personal saga fails to deliver much that is transferable. There is the universal issue with confidence, somewhat correlated with gender. But if the only answer offered is "be assertive, even when you're scared," repeated several times, then this is a short story, not a book.
I needed a sound, psychologically based process to ground the arguments and help me change my life.
Be assertive, even when you're scared.
Keep trying, Mika. You're still an inspiring person.
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