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Sex & Power

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    Great for Girl's on the Go!

    This book is a great outline of issues that face women today in college and in the 'real world'. It provides a concise summary of issues facing women in society without coming off as too academic- a great read to find out where you stand on these issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Sex, Power & Visibility

    Estrich makes some excellent points, but should also remember the critical role played by visibility! Visibility creates power and it can only be achieved with the same careful planning it takes to reach the corner office. I really believe it is a lack of both mentoring by the women who do make it to the top, and a lack of 'publicity planning' that is lacking. It's always the 'first woman' here, and the 'first woman' there. Being first only lasts as long as making the 'first mistake' which also hits the business page headlines. Achieving corporate and community visibility needs a consistent and planned effort. To really take charge of your career, whether you are still climbing the so-called ladder, or have reached the top rungs ¿ there is no substitute for creating a strategic 'personal' publicity plan. Your boss won't do it, and neither will your mentor (if you have one!). It is up to YOU. People have to know who you are, what you stand for, and why they should hire you, promote you, or do business with you. That's really taking charge of your career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2002

    Estrich: Read your book before you write

    Although there are some interesting stats albeit depressing about women and power, the book has a better bibliography than strong, smart content. When writing of her own rape, the author noted her plain shirt and culottes were 'nothing sexy at all.' This comment should have been omitted since it implies rape is a crime of sex not power and toward women with sexy clothes. Also on P.191, Estrich admits to calling her young assistant at a radio station 'hon' and 'sweetie.' This talk should never be allowed by a man or woman since it is an unprofessional way to talk to anyone in business. Later in the book, the author exhorts women to improve the work situation but yet she called her assistant 'girl.' Estrich writes that men commonly give credit to their skills after a promotion while women just say it was luck. Yet on p.264 she states she could not have made it to a certain point (president of the Harvard Law Review)without her friends and 'I was very lucky to find myself in an institution that prided itself on its merit system.' I found this book very weak especially the last few chapters. Find a better book.

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