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When Work Doesn't Work Anymore: Women, Work, and Identity
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385317980, Paperback)In this groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Perle McKenna challenges the outdated system of work for professional women, and encourages readers to re-examine work as their sole identities, and, if they are unhappy, to allow room for their Lives. For every worn-out, emotionally depleted female professional who has ever sighed, "there has got to be a better way," here is the revolutionary book by Elizabeth Perle McKenna--herself a former publishing executive--that explores women's relationship with work. For decades, women have succeeded at traditional male jobs, but now, deep in the second stage of the feminist movement, they want lives that are integrated and whole. Based on original research and containing hundreds of interviews with prominent working women, this book exposes the inherent conflict between the way work traditionally is structured and rewarded, and what women desire and value in their lives. More important, it suggests new ways for women to identify their values, reclaim their identities, and define success on their own terms. Most importantly, this is not just another book about working mothers. Liz Perle McKenna deconstructs the myth that women can have it all, and shows that they risk true happiness until they give up that impossible ideal. The author's focus extends to every working woman who will most likely face a life-altering situation at some point in her career and will need to redefine what success means to her. Any woman who has been working for more than a few years will identify strongly with the issues raised here, and will be rewarded by the insights she gleans from this vital book.
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In When Work Doesn't Work Anymore, Elizabeth Perle McKenna gives passionate voice to an issue that concerns every woman working today. With eloquence and candor, she exposes the unlivable bargain women have made in order to have meaningful work in a world whose rules are still designed to suit men. Consequently, no matter how high the rise in salaries or positions, women's stress and dissatisfaction are higher still. McKenna speaks with profound understanding and experience to the many of us who have come to the sobering conclusion: we love what we do but it just isn't working for us anymore. McKenna's original research and hundreds of interviews tell a dramatic story of the hidden trade-offs, submerged values, and outdated premises that are wearing women down in the workplace. In this brilliant examination of our culture of achievement, she exposes the powerful forces that keep women stuck in the unfair and outdated choice between having success and having a life. She offers women a way to identify their own values, reclaim their identities, and define success on their own terms. Her book will help women reconstruct their lives in the middle of living them.
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