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Work of Her Own: How Women Create Success and Fulfillment Off the Traditional Career Track [Hardcover]

Susan Wittig Albert


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: J P Tarcher (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874777097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874777093
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,637,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unlike the usual guide to corporate success, this engrossing, probing study by Albert, a former English professor and now a writer of children's books, recounts how she and 80 other women holding top positions experienced a career crisis, lost their jobs or quit on their own and became disillusioned with the success they achieved. The author contends that for women the cost of careerism often includes workaholism and a repudiation of feminine values in favor of male, corporate ideals. She also describes the often psychologically traumatic stages of career-flight--such as weighing work options and living adjustments. Albert notes, however, that in this survey almost all the women experienced an energizing sense of self-liberation despite loss of pay and prestige in often home-based enterprises ranging from freelance writing to goat-breeding, which afforded time for "the art of composing life." Final chapters offer advice, including visualizing techniques, for those who wish to undertake career changes.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this April 25 2012
By cf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was a relief to read this book. Even if you only read the preface, even if you aren't considering leaving your job, you deserve to read this. Many of your unidentified frustrations with the way the world works are explained here. Dr. Albert is not at all anti-male. However, she shows how the long centuries of strong male influence have created the way our societies and organizations function. It helps you understand why you can't find peace in many careers. I like that she doesn't attack men, and I like that she says that women don't have to be like men in order to be equal in value. Since the "feminists" began speaking, women have felt like they have to adopt masculine values, attitudes, hairstyles, clothing, etc. to be accepted. It's time to accept women for their uniqueness, recognizing that each woman is an individual, and to value women's strengths, talents and contributions.
Thank you, Dr. Albert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent book from Ms. Wittig Albert Oct. 28 2013
By Kathyrn A Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
would recommend this book to anyone thinking of becoming an author - she is certainly an expert herself - many best-sellers

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