Synopses & Reviews
The state of working women has been declared and debated since the days of Rosie the Riveter. The headlines, and the statistics behind them, however, dont tell the whole story. The truth is, many women today are breadwinners; and these breadwinners are struggling. They are caught in a perfect storm of male-dominated culture at work, traditional social norms at home, and outdated schedules in the school. Mogul, Mom, and Maid takes an honest look at how women are balancing home life and career. The pressures of child rearing, coupled with an unfulfilling corporate culture, are too great to be ignored. Author Liz ODonnell goes beyond statistics and tells the stories of women all across America who are juggling careers, motherhood, marriage, and households. Mogul, Mom, and Maid looks at the choices women are making, the options they have, and the impact these decisions have on themselves, their families, and the businesses that employ them.
"This is the perfect moment for this important book which advances the conversation about how to provide and care for yourself and your family, while living a happy and meaningful life. Could there be a more important topic? Liz ODonnell does a wonderful job combining the stories of real women, with helpful research, and specific action steps. Well done." Jacki Zehner, CEO Women Moving Millions and former partner and managing director, Goldman Sachs
"In Mogul, Mom, and Maid, women breadwinners share their honest views on the challenges they face in reaching their true potential. While many of those challenges manifest at the conference table, they also manifest at the kitchen table. In giving voice to these women and the issues they face managing both work and home, ODonnell helps crack the code on whats holding women back and outlines practical steps to help women, their partners, and their employers redefine womens relationships with and access to power." Gloria Feldt, co-founder of Take The Lead and author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power
"O'Donnell gives us straight talk and a revealing inside look at an unsung and besieged heroine: the working woman. Drawing on scores of interviews, ODonnell is a perceptive guide to the challenges posed by husbands (when present), children, workplaces, and womens own hopes and doubts. Racing to keep pace with a relentless daily calendar and to-do list, the women you will meet here are gutsy pioneers who just might lead us toward a fairer society and a more sustainable balance between work and family." Charles Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College, co-author of The New Feminized Majority: How Democrats Can Change America with Womens Values and Sociopathic Society: A Peoples Sociology of the United States
"If you think you've read it all about having it all, you haven't read Mogul, Mom, and Maid. Even as moguls debate about 'bringing home bacon and frying it up in the pan,' through a deft mix of research, interviews, and her Hello Ladies unique voice, Liz ODonnell provides a refreshingly candid look at the actual bacon-making of a working mom (and maids) life." Whitney Johnson, cofounder Rose Park Advisors and author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream
"Mogul, Mom, and Maid should have been written twenty-five years ago! We would have saved ourselves a collective wandering in the desert. A must-read for anyone looking for a more balanced life, no matter your sex!" Larry Weber Chairman and CEO W2 Group, Inc.
"Mogul, Mom and Maid is unflinchingly honest about the challenges modern women face as they juggle professional and personal roles. ODonnell shares her own stories?as well as those from the hundred women she interviewed, many of them breadwinners? and does not pretend there are easy answers. Yet, with humor, she offers useful and practical advice for women and their employers. Lean in to this book and share it with the women whose happiness matters to you." Carol Frohlinger, co-founder, Negotiation Women, Inc.
"Liz tells her own and other womens stories with passion, humor, respect and curiosity. She is a woman on a mission, so heres to Liz?mom, mogul, maid, and missionary. Mission achieved. A book for every woman and man juggling home, marriage, family and career." Dr. Anne Perschel, Leadership and Business Psychologist, Germane Consulting, Co-founder 3Plus International. Women-Worth-Knowing
"With Mogul, Mom, and Maid, Liz O' Donnell strikes an inspiring balance between being comprehensive and compassionate. She tells stories of real women like you and me, as well as other women we might not know, and does this with warmth, insight, and empathy. Liz ODonnell shares the many truths about what it really means to be a woman, a mom, a wife, and a manager. It also goes further to suggest ways that individually and together we can create new truths. Mogul, Mom, and Maid will help you see opportunities in the complexities of the big picture. Even better, it will inspire you to make meaningful changes right where you are." CV Harquail, PhD, consultant at AuthenticOrganizations.com, Management Faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology
"ODonnell goes beyond the statistics and takes a hard, first-hand look at how womens responsibilities at home are impeding their career advancement
and how negotiation can change the game for women everywhere." Victoria Pynchon, author of The Grownups ABCs of Conflict Resolution and Success as a Mediator for Dummies
About the Author
is a want-to-be mogul, busy working mother and sometimes maid. A public relations executive by day, Liz counsels clients ranging from large financial institutions to early-stage technology startups on traditional and social media communications strategies.
Liz is also the founder of Hello Ladies, an award-winning website for smart, busy women and named one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes magazine. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Momsrising.org and her commentary on womens issues has appeared in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Tampa Tribune, Gatehouse Media, and The Glass Hammer.
Liz lives in Dedham, Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She is a recovering PTO president, a long-serving Town Meeting Member, and co-founder of Women in Democracy Dedham, a non-partisan organization committed to encouraging and supporting womens involvement in local politics.