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It's no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have 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.
"Brzezinski knew that her role as cohost of the MSNBC show Morning Joe was integral to the show's success, and yet she was getting paid a fraction of what her male counterparts were. The network was certainly to blame, but so, she realized, was she; this was just the last in a long run of jobs where she'd seen a salary discrepancy, worked long hours to prove herself, got angry at herself for not earning more money and respect, and stormed off and got a new job only to repeat the pattern. Wondering if other successful women also consistently undermined and undercut themselves, she interviews power women Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Tina Brown, Nora Ephron, Suze Orman, and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg. Brzezinski illustrates how women undervalue themselves in the workplace excessive gratitude 'just to have the opportunity,' not negotiating their contracts, taking on extra work for which they're not being paid, and asking for raises in ways in which they're virtually certain to be turned down. While these insights are familiar, the celebrity angle provides much-needed perspective if even the most successful women undervalue themselves out of a desire to be liked, as Joy Behar admits, then clearly the rest of us accepting 77 cents on our male colleagues' dollar are not alone. A thoughtful look at how women can quit getting in their own way. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A rallying cry for women to get the money they deserve."
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
A lot of getting ahead in the workplace has to do with being willing to raise your hand
If we as women dont raise our hands in the workplace, were not going to get the same opportunities men do. Because men keep their hands up.”
Nora Ephron, writer and director
The words favored nationsthats an expression all women should know. In other words, you always want to be paid no less than what anyone else is being paid.”
Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
Just look around and youll see plenty of evidence that asking for what we want results not in the realization of our own worst fears but in getting what we want.”
From the rising star of MSNBC's Morning Joe and New York Times bestselling author comes a timely and powerful look at women's value in the workplace.
The New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: the star of MSNBCs Morning Joe shares her personal story of finding her value in the workplace as well as inspiration and advice from some of Americas most successful women.
Why are women so often overlooked and underpaid? In Knowing Your Value
, the prequel to her new book Grow 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 interviewed a number of prominent women across a wide range of industries on their experience moving up in their fields. Mika shares the surprising stories of such power players as presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, comedian Susie Essman, writer and director Nora Ephron, Facebooks Sheryl Sandberg, television personality Joy Behar, and many others. Mika also gets honest answers from the likes of Donny Deutsch, Jack Welch, Donald Trump, and others about why women are paid less, and what pitfalls women face and play into.
Knowing Your Value blends personal stories with the latest research on why many women dont negotiate their compensation, why negotiating aggressively usually backfires, the real reasons why the gender wage gap persists, and what can be done about it.
Written in Mikas brutally honest, funny, and self-deprecating style, Knowing Your Value is a vital book for professional women of all ages.
About the Author
Mika Brzezinski is a co-host of Morning Joe, an MSNBC anchor, and the author of the New York Times bestseller All Things at Once. She is the mother of two daughters, Emilie and Carlie, and has been married for fifteen years to investigative journalist Jim Hoffer.