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Posted November 11, 2009
Not quite what I expected
I was expecting to be inspired by the women in this book but I wasn't. Maybe the women who were featured were not the subjects I'd choose or maybe it just seemed a little out-of-date or irrelevant to the times. I enjoyed the writing style but couldn't relate to the subjects.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2002
Brenner trivialized the lives of these women (or perhaps they WERE trivial lives!)focusing way too much on their use of their feminine wiles versus what their contribution was. Many of the women I did not know and it was often 2 or three pages before Brenner directly stated what the women's claim to fame was - the previous text discussed how they manipulated men, went shopping, were coy or cute, etc. The only chapter that actually focuses on the woman's accomplishment (versus her prowess with man, fashion, or dining) is chapter 2 (Motley) and early on Brenner laments the fact that Motely would only focus on her career accomplishments. Brenner did manage to slip in the sentence that before a big court appearance Motely did get a fashionable outfit at Lord and Taylor. The whole tone of the book was degrading to women and did nothing to elevate these women through their accomplishments.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.