Why Women Should Rule the World

Why Women Should Rule the World What would happen if women ruled the world Everything could change according to former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers Politics would be collegial Businesses would be productive And communi

  • Title: Why Women Should Rule the World
  • Author: Dee Dee Myers
  • ISBN: 9780061140402
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What would happen if women ruled the world Everything could change, according to former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers Politics would be collegial Businesses would be productive And communities would be healthier Empowering women would make the world a better place not because women are the same as men, but precisely because they are different.BlenWhat would happen if women ruled the world Everything could change, according to former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers Politics would be collegial Businesses would be productive And communities would be healthier Empowering women would make the world a better place not because women are the same as men, but precisely because they are different.Blending memoir, social history, and a call to action, Dee Dee Myers challenges us to imagine a not too distant future in which increasing numbers of women reach the top ranks of politics, business, science, and academia.Reflecting on her own tenure in the Clinton administration and her work as a political analyst, media commentator, and former consultant to NBC s The West Wing, Myers assesses the crucial but long ignored strengths that female leaders bring to the table Women tend to be better communicators, better listeners, better at forming consensus, Myers argues In a highly competitive and increasingly fractious world, women possess the kind of critical problem solving skills that are urgently needed to break down barriers, build understanding, and create the best conditions for peace.Myers knows firsthand the responsibilities and rewards of taking on leadership roles traditionally occupied by men At thirty one, she was appointed White House press secretary to President Bill Clinton the first woman ever to hold the job In a candid look at her years in Washington s political spotlight, she recalls the day to day challenge of confronting a press corps obsessed with than just the president s policies Virtually every story written about me included observations about my earrings, my makeup, my clothes, my shoes And then there was my hair Recalling the pressures both invited and imposed of her West Wing years, Myers offers a hard hitting look at the challenges women must overcome and the traps they must avoid as they travel the path toward success From pioneering research in the laboratory, to innovations in business, entertainment, and media, to friendships that transcend partisanship in the U.S Senate, she describes how female participation in public life has already transformed the world in which we live.

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    1. This book is conveniently divided into 3 sections: why they don't rule the world, why they should, and how they can.When it comes to conversations, women are seen as more nuanced. That is to say, while a man's motivations may be linear, a woman's are polynomial. This can either be taken as "men are less treacherous for they're more obvious" or "women are less treacherous because they can fit a curve better and resolve conflicts". That is wholly a framing issue.Nature vs. Nurture - Which wins out [...]

    2. We can see how the linear, logic and non-emotional approach to the world and business haven't worked. How about we try another approach. One that respects others and their wisdom, and taps into the inexplicable power of intuition. Here are my thoughts in a nutshell:"In many business circles, listening to a gut feeling is laughed off as “being too emotional” which, in a culture that respects logic over the senses, is frowned upon. I mean, who wants people to think they’re a flake? It has to [...]

    3. An amazing look at the challenges of being a woman, primarily in American politics (Myers' realm).She provides the research to what many women know intuitively: that women are still paid significantly less, rise within companies less, in many situations aren't given the same kind of respect as men.She looks at women's successes in other countries (Northern Ireland, South Africa) and highlights American women like Kathleen Sebelius and Kay Bailey Hutchinson.She also presents the biological differ [...]

    4. Myers weaves her own biography and her theory on gender in society together in an interesting read. The main complaint of this book that I have read is that her discussion of gender is neither scientific nor academic enough, which is true; however, that is not the purpose of the book. Having read many scholarly works on gender from biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives, I felt Myers' discussion is quite readable by the layperson while maintaining the accuracy of some of the wo [...]

    5. This book is making me re-think how I communicate as a woman and as a member of our global society. It's also making me re-evaluate my level of responsibility as a woman, meaning I now think I have a far greater responsibility to communicate better and to own my woman-ness. I found myself wanting to hide the bold title of this book when I read it in public places. The clearest take-aways from this book, for me: (a) Women need to support women more often and more profoundly. Period. (b) We, as a [...]

    6. Interesting.cially what went on with her her in job Clinton administration. All young women entering the workforce should read this. Actually, it was good for me too, as I am in such a male-dominated work setting.

    7. There's some good parts, but I found the mix of memoir, self reflection, and quote gathering a bit too unfocussed, and would have preferred more reasoned argument about the ways women differ in roles of power. Still a good addition to the dialogue.

    8. This book was a very empowering story about Dede Myers who becomes the first woman to hold a position in the White House. It explores her challenges due to gender and shows the progress we've made in accepting women in politics. As someone who's always been intrigued by politics, I find this book to be powerful in conveying its overall message that women can in fact rule the world. Enjoyed it!

    9. I decided to read this book after seeing Ms. Myers speak here at the University a few weeks ago. Her talk was interesting, but rather vague, as many book tour talks seem to be. Much like her talk, I found the book to be a rather unorganized grouping of observations with the occasional *extremely brief* reference to research.I think the book really tries to accomplish too much, and as a result, feels directionless. The author tries to blend her own experiences as Press Secretary for President Cli [...]

    10. "The bottom line is: The more women succeed, the more women succeed."That, in a nutshell, is Dee Dee Myers' book. As she tackles this provocative assertion--women should rule the world--all of her examples stop as soon as the woman is appointed, elected, or hired. Citing tremendous female politicians is fantastic, but if you fail to demonstrate how said women changed their nation, province, or city, you lose credibility.Ah, yes! Indira Gandhibut we won't discuss her accomplishments. Yes, of cour [...]

    11. This was an interesting book for me to read because I definitely noticed that working in PR is probably sheltering me from what a lot of women go through in corporate America. The book addresses issues and obstacles that women have to overcome in male-dominated fields, however PR tends to be saturated with women, so I haven't had the same experience that many other women have. From our client, to vendors and my bosses, the majority of the people I work with are women. That being said, while PR t [...]

    12. Like a train wreck, I could not look away. There is data indicating that professional women will make up to $500,000 or even a cool million less over the course of their lifetimes NOT due to discrimination or maternity leave or any of the usual culprits, but because they are something like 6 times less likely to negotiate their starting salaries. Frequently due to [legitimate] fear of being viewed as a bitch for the same behavior that garners men reputations of astuteness and business savvy. Wit [...]

    13. This book was not good as I had hoped. While I really liked the snippets about her experience in the White House and her writing on other notable female political figures I was bored with much of the rest. Women should rule the world because we are different then men. Because biologically men are more aggressive and we are better equipped to read emotion and are really drawn towards cooperation so women can bring things to the table that men have not been capable of before I've always been more [...]

    14. OH. MY. GOD.Leon, how could you? This book affected my heretofore positive feelings about Leon Panetta, going back to the days when he was our congressional representative and he used my office in the Monterey County Library branch to meet with constituents. Everyone loved him, and I'll never forget how he dealt with a wonderful young woman who was supporting her family by working part-time at the library (at the age of 16). Wow, I loved him. And a couple of weeks after he was there, he saw me o [...]

    15. Dee Dee's approach is similar to Malcolm Gladwell's, which I love. She finds all the things written on the subject, pulls it together and makes it a coherent whole. The basic conclusion is that the world would be a better place if women would allow themselves to be in more positions of authority, and we hurt ourselves by being self-effacing. When women are in positions of power, we improve profitability in corporations, the health of countries in government, and the status and happiness of our e [...]

    16. "Why Women Should Rule the World" is a part memoir, part social science treatise by the first female White House Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers, who served under President Clinton and later became a pundit and a consultant for one of my favorite TV shows, "The West Wing." I enjoyed the book, which is a very quick read, but I wish she had left the research on women "ruling the world" to the experts (see my review on Anne Kornblut's "Notes from the Cracked Ceiling") and dedicated more real estate [...]

    17. This book was better than I expected or at least more scholarly. I thought it would be a light hearted view of the issue of women in the workplace but it was much more insightful and well researched. The author used experiences from her time in public service and incorporated those of other women as well. She drew on studies and other evidence of the impact of gender differences in a variety of settings to highlight her point that with more diversity among those in power the world could be a bet [...]

    18. The title of this book might make you think that it is going to be a misandrist view on the superiority of women, but that's not what it's about at all. The author talks about her personal experience as a minority gender in her field of work. She describes the differences between male styles of communication and female styles, and she makes an excellent case for the importance of balance.Stories like these are important to read. A lot of women these days believe in their ability to have any job [...]

    19. The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer. The author isn't really advocating only having women rule (and therefore no men), but that women have more power, position, and influence in our government and business. She talked a lot about the historical reasons why women have less power, the reasons why women need more power, and how we can achieve that. A lot of the book discussed the author's experiences being the press secretary at the White House in the early 1990's. I do agree with the aut [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this book. Even though the title would make you think it is going to be a big "bash men" kind of book, it does not do that at all. Rather, it discusses the strengths that women can bring to leadership positions, the differences from men that women have that would bring a new perspective and new methods of doing things that would be a benefit to everyone. It also shows the struggle women face to get into these positions of power, because of past and present societal expectations [...]

    21. A good starter book on the demonstrable differences between women and men in how they think, approach problems, and work with others.The tone is conversational and it's relatively engaging. However, Myers doesn't use footnotes to back up her arguments and anecdotes with facts. Apparently there are notes, but you have to look them up by page number. So I didn't notice until I was writing this review. It's not neutral, as you might expect from the title. I'll try to say more after I finish reading [...]

    22. Don't be put off by the title; however, some may look askance at you when you carry a copy to your kid's gymnastics lesson! Even my 5-year-old, who is learning to read, asked me to answer the title's question.Very helpful for me to hear her experiences and the stories of some of her mentors. I understand better what women can bring to leadership when we aren't trying to do it like a man and when we stop downplaying our abilities. What I keep thinking about from this book is the distinction betwe [...]

    23. Truthfully I wanted to read this book because I had heard that they had based C.J. Cregg's (The West Wing) on Dee Dee Myers. I actually enjoyed the book a lot more than I thought I would have. An excellent book that integrated a lot of other books and research on the topic into one book. While I will admit that there were some parts that were really boring to read, overall I did enjoy the book. Myers explains her time in the West Wing and how difficult it was to be a press secretary who did not [...]

    24. I liked the information presented in this book and how it made me more aware of how far women have come, but how far we still have to go to have our voices heard. I always knew that women struggled to be move beyond the glass ceiling and yet when she shared information on who the ceo's are in companies such as revlon, p&g, and other companies, I found myself thinking "wow those are female dominated industries with men calling the shotsems contradictory and ironic" What would it look like if [...]

    25. I enjoyed reading about Myers' work in political campaigns and as President Clinton's press secretary. She is a very smart, creative and assertive person; and I think it's cool how she has managed to combine work and family in her life. The agree with the whole "sequencing" thing and was inspired by the many different stories and quotations from successful women. She also includes some pretty interesting studies of the differences in the ways of men's and women's leadership and styles of communi [...]

    26. Because I admired DeeDee Myers when she was press secretary for President Clinton, I wanted to read the book she had just written and published. This is a well-researched and thoughtful book about women's roles in today's world. It is not limited to women in the political world, nor is it a tell-all book about the administration she served. She is matter-of-fact about her perspective towards that administration, and seems to have honest insight into her achievements and disappointments as the fi [...]

    27. The title reflects my premise in life. DeeDee Myers did not reveal any exciting information or unusual insight into the world of working women. She did however, validate what happens in many corporations as women continue to be absent in the board rooms. I know we have a Women's Nation but we are not in the top decision making strata. If womend ruled the world, there would be less conflict and more collaboation. I am constantly amazed at how men in leadership forget who gave them the good insigh [...]

    28. I tend to find sociology a bit tedious, but she does a nice job of mixing personal anecdotes with research (there's a detailed bibliography at the end) and interviews with women in public life. It's a particularly interesting read if you're a West Wing fan, as CJ Cregg is the alter ego of Dee Dee Myers. She fills in some of the background by telling the real life experience that inspired that episode. The other nice thing about this book is that she doesn't stop with just a recital of what we al [...]

    29. I enjoyed the aspects of this book where she talked about her life in the White House. I wasn't so convinced on the stuff she was talking about regarding the biological differences between men and women. Also, she was really focused on women's success in high-end positions (politics, management, academia), which of course has its merit, but I felt she wasn't in touch with the struggles of everyday women in low-end positions like customer service. But then again, that wasn't really what this book [...]

    30. I hate that it took me so long to finish this book! Everytime I picked it up, I absolutely loved it, but then I would put it down and leave it for a few months (or even years) before picking it up again! The book itself is so well-researched and well-written with the perfect mix of personal annecdotes and statistics and studies. Myers inlcudes not only her story, but the stories of many other women who were also instrumental in breaking the glass ceiling in their prospective fields. Overall, jus [...]

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