Title: Earning It
Author: Joann S. Lublin
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: October 18, 2016
Source: Thanks to Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours for the review copy!
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Among the first female reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Joann S. Lublin faced a number of uphill battles in her career. She became deputy bureau chief of the Journal’s
important London bureau, its first run by women. Now, she and dozens of
other women who successfully navigated the corporate battlefield share
their valuable leadership lessons.
Lublin combines her
fascinating story with insightful tales from more than fifty women who
reached the highest rungs of the corporate ladder—most of whom became
chief executives of public companies —in industries as diverse as
retailing, manufacturing, finance, high technology, publishing,
advertising, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals. Leaders like Carly
Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, as well as Mary Barra, CEO of
General Motors, and Brenda Barnes, former CEO of Sara Lee, were the
first women to run their huge employers. Earning It reveals obstacles such women faced as they fought to make their mark, choices they made, and battles they won—and lost."
My Two Cents:
"Earning It" is a non-fiction business book geared for women in the workplace. Being a working woman today, I am so appreciative for those women who have gone before me and have paved the way for me. There is a long way to go but oh-so-many of the stories in this book show how far we've come. It gives me hope that we're on the right track!
This book is filled with stories of women from many different sectors of the economy. The author tells the stories of a ton of different women. There are some you may recognize like Mary Barra or Carly Fiorina, who made a run for the White House just earlier this year. There are also a lot of other woman that I had never heard of so there was even more to learn in this book. They are tales of irritation and hard won respect. They are tales of difficult circumstances and triumph. The author delves into her own experiences as one of the first female reporters for the illustrious Wall Street Journal. This experience gives her personal insight into some of the things that these women went through.
The stories were fascinating. Some of them disheartened me but some of them really made me excited for how far we've come. Most of the book is involved with telling individual women's stories but there was not much to hold them all together. I wanted a little more from the book, some sort of connection. This is a great book for learning more about what individual women have faced in marching towards success in the workplace!