Synopses & Reviews
What would happen if women ruled the world?
Everything could change, according to former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers. Politics would be more collegial. Businesses would be more 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 more 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.
"The problem is, to gift Myers's book onto a busy multitasking girlfriend feels like gifting her with an extra weekend chore. For one thing, juicy salvos lob nail bombs at men, and Myers carefully -- and probably admirably? -- refrains from directly putting men down. No, the tone throughout is as friendly and measured...as a quarterly report." Sandra Tsing Loh, The Atlantic Monthly
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In her first book, the former White House Press Secretary offers a provocative and inspiring look at women and leadership, interweaving her own experiences working in the highest echelons of power. 8-page b&w photo insert.
About the Author
Dee Dee Myers was the spokeswoman for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, and from January 20, 1993, to December 22, 1994, served as White House press secretary the first woman appointed to the position. She was later cohost of the CNBC talk show Equal Time and a consultant and contributor to NBC's acclaimed television drama The West Wing. She is a political commentator on NBC and MSNBC, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and a lecturer on politics and women's issues. Myers lives with her husband, Todd S. Purdum, a writer for Vanity Fair and a former Los Angeles bureau chief of the New York Times, and their children in Washington, D.C.