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Taking on the Big Boys: Or Why Feminism Is Good for Families, Business, and the Nationby Ellen Bravo
Synopses & Reviews
Enough about "breaking the glass ceiling." Here are blueprints for a redesign of the entire building, ground up, to benefit women and men — and even the bottom line.
The feisty humor of Molly Ivins and the journalistic flair of Barbara Ehrenreich meet when longtime labor activist Ellen Bravo relates stories from business and government and women's testimonies from offices, assembly lines, hospitals, and schools. Bravo unmasks the patronizing, trivializing, and minimizing tactics employed by "the big boys" and their surrogates: They portray feminism as women against men, and they dismiss as outrageous demands for pay equity, family leave, and flex time. Practical tips on everything from dealing with a sexual harasser to getting family members to share chores (and build equal relationships) enliven many chapters.
Bravo argues for feminism as a system of beliefs, laws, and practices that fully values women and work associated with women, while detailing activist strategies to achieve a society where everybody-women and men-reach their potential.
"Please, please, please. All working women must read this book! Ellen Bravo not only vividly exposes workplace inequities, she gives real-life solutions, picking up where my film 9 to 5left off." Jane Fonda
"Taking on the Big Boys is not only an enormously valuable resource for anyone wanting to contribute to a better world, but a powerful and much-needed shot at combating the demonization of the F-word. This is a book to take into battle." Bitch Magazine
"Bravo (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) tackles issues and myths surrounding pay equity, the balance of work and home life, discrimination, and welfare. Even more useful are her realistic, attainable suggestions for change. A witty, statistically supported, and readable book that provides a strong message sure to foster ideas and generate debate. Summing Up: Highly recommended." Choice
Book News Annotation:
A former director of 9to5, Bravo speaks nationwide and teaches women's studies at U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In this text, she furthers her support of feminism as a system of beliefs, laws, and practices that fully values women and the work associated with them, to the benefit of both genders. The text covers the main issues for women in the workplace: pay equity, work-family issues, women's participation in certain occupations, sexual harassment, the right to organize, part-time and temporary jobs, welfare reform, and women's work outside of work. Each chapter examines the myths around the issue, clarifies the problem, proposes detailed solutions, and dismantles the propaganda against those solutions by showing how the 9to5 movement and other grassroots organizations have taken on the "Big Boys"--the powerful people who benefit from gender discrimination --in the past. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Social-journalistic critique (like Barbara Ehrenreich) with solutions on how economic equity for women benefits everyone.
About the Author
A former director of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women, and a recipient of a Women of Vision Award from the Ms. Foundation, Ellen Bravo lectures nationwide and teaches women's studies at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee. She wrote The Job/Family Challenge: A 9 to 5 Guide (Not for Women Only) and co-authored The 9 to 5 Guide To Combating Sexual Harassment.
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