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Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth

Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth

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by Mika Brzezinski

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Why are women so often overlooked and underpaid? In Knowing Your Value, the prequel to her new book Grow Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.

Prompted by her own experience as co-host of Morning Joe, Mika interviewed a number of


Why are women so often overlooked and underpaid? In Knowing Your Value, the prequel to her new book Grow Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.

Prompted by her own experience as co-host of Morning Joe, Mika interviewed a number of prominent women across a wide range of industries on their experience moving up in their fields. Mika shares the surprising stories of such power players as presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, comedian Susie Essman, writer and director Nora Ephron, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, television personality Joy Behar, and many others. Mika also gets honest answers from the likes of Donny Deutsch, Jack Welch, Donald Trump, and others about why women are paid less, and what pitfalls women face — and play into.

Knowing Your Value blends personal stories with the latest research on why many women don't negotiate their compensation, why negotiating aggressively usually backfires, the real reasons why the gender wage gap persists, and what can be done about it.

Written in Mika's brutally honest, funny, and self-deprecating style, Knowing Your Value is a vital book for professional women of all ages.

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"A rallying cry for women to get the money they deserve."

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
“A lot of getting ahead in the workplace has to do with being willing to raise your hand…If we as women don't raise our hands in the workplace, we're not going to get the same opportunities men do. Because men keep their hands up.”
Nora Ephron, writer and director
“The words favored nations—that's an expression all women should know. In other words, you always want to be paid no less than what anyone else is being paid.”
Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
“Just look around and you'll see plenty of evidence that asking for what we want results not in the realization of our own worst fears but in getting what we want.”

Publishers Weekly
Brzezinski knew that her role as cohost of the MSNBC show Morning Joe was integral to the show's success, and yet she was getting paid a fraction of what her male counterparts were. The network was certainly to blame, but so, she realized, was she; this was just the last in a long run of jobs where she'd seen a salary discrepancy, worked long hours to prove herself, got angry at herself for not earning more money and respect, and stormed off and got a new job—only to repeat the pattern. Wondering if other successful women also consistently undermined and undercut themselves, she interviews power women—Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Tina Brown, Nora Ephron, Suze Orman, and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg. Brzezinski illustrates how women undervalue themselves in the workplace—excessive gratitude "just to have the opportunity," not negotiating their contracts, taking on extra work for which they're not being paid, and asking for raises in ways in which they're virtually certain to be turned down. While these insights are familiar, the celebrity angle provides much-needed perspective—if even the most successful women undervalue themselves out of a desire to be liked, as Joy Behar admits, then clearly the rest of us accepting 77 cents on our male colleagues' dollar are not alone. A thoughtful look at how women can quit getting in their own way. (May)

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Meet the Author

Mika Brzezinski is a co-host of Morning Joe, an MSNBC anchor, and the author of the New York Times bestseller All Things at Once. She is the mother of two daughters, Emilie and Carlie, and has been married for fifteen years to investigative journalist Jim Hoffer.

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Knowing Your Value 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before you read the customer reviews please just take a minute to remove yourself from politics.....This is not a "political" book and I kind of think that other reviewers are just against what Mika believes in personally and yes, her views are broadcast daily on Morning Joe. The book is great for men or women -- BUT -- I would say this book is a great read for any woman who finds herself constantly being paid less to do more, having more education than other co-workers but being paid less and how to go about getting what you want in a professional way. I know with the economy there are a great many unemployed persons out there and perhaps this is not the best time to use some of the guidelines and scenarios in the book to work for your advantage. However, when times are good again it is absolutely a tool to use to maintain your professionalism and integrity while getting the salary that you deserve. Again, I repeat, with today's economy and unemployment, maybe not the the best time to use this, but, when times are good again get what you deserve women! We pay more for insurance, many times put in more hours between home and office and have more education but are still paid less. Again, please before reviewing the book, put politics aside. It again seems to me that people don't like the book and I question whether they even read it. They just don't like her political views and this is not what this book is about in any way, shape or form. Thank you Mika for writing this book!
Julie DeCuypere More than 1 year ago
A cautionary tale of how even 'successful' women sabotage their chances in the workplace. Read it and then listen to yourself as you interact in your workplace.
LindaMI More than 1 year ago
A book for all women! Especially young adults entering the workforce. As a retiree I loved it and wished I had it earlier. I recommended it to my daughter and it helped her make a change in her employment. Thank you, Mika.
yeldabmoers More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this audiobook, I only saw the title Knowing Your Value in gigantic, capitalized, bold letters. I didn't see the small letters of the subtitle: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth. I was misled into thinking that the audiobook was about knowing your value in general. So I must warn readers that this audiobook is not about that, it's about how women can ask for higher pay in corporate America. Mika Brzezinski has done her homework. She's talked to major female players such as Tina Brown, Nora Ephron, Suze Orman and Arianna Huffington. She shares their advice along with her own. The main narrative is her own story of struggling for years in broadcast journalism until she landed her co-host position on the MSNBC hit show Morning Joe. Even after that milestone, she was still overworked and underpaid. As co-host she worked fulltime on the show, but the network still made her do other freelance assignments and nightly shifts, while knowing she was a working mother and paying the other male host fourteen times her salary. Brzezinski shares informative facts and figures. For instance, women tend to think they're lucky when they get a break, ask for less pay (they make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes) and generally operate on emotion and approval (one woman told Brzezinski how she received a pair of nice earrings and plenty of praise for her hard work instead of a raise or promotion). Women also tend to do most of the housework, take care of the family and elders even if they are the breadwinner, and shy away from demanding what they want or need. Besides giving the lay of the land on the gender wage gap issue, Brzezinski gives concrete tips and strategies for how to ask for more pay. For instance, before requesting a raise, hand your boss a single page of all your accomplishments and research what others in your position are earning. Though the audiobook is informative on a timely topic, it falls short on many fronts. Besides the misleading title, the writing is too simplistic and the same concepts are repeated as if the speaker had momentary amnesia and forgot what she just said. The biggest trouble I had with the audiobook was its reader, Coleen Marlo, who sounded robotic and contrived, similar to a voice on a commercial, nothing like the voice of the author. Ultimately, Marlo's voice didn't come across as sincere (perhaps because her voice and the author's are so different). Since this is Brzezinski's personal story, I found that glitch to be a serious problem. I'm not sure why the author didn't narrate her own book. Brzezinski qualifies as a professional speaker herself. Still, despite the audiobook's flaws, Brzezinski's cause of equal pay and the gender wage gap is of utmost importance, and one that working women should flag. Such women will find value in the author's words. Perhaps they should opt for her book instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mika said everything that my friends and I have been thinking! Great read extremely thought provoking. Morning Joe has recruited a new viewer. Outstanding job Mika!
Elizabeth Douglas More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It really opened my eyes to what I am doing wring in the workplace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book- it was very informative. A good prospective on whet we should be doing out there in the working world. It is useful for women of all ages -who are in the work force.
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Great message interwoven with interesting story-telling. I feel more empowered, confident, and prepared to enter into those tough conversations at work. Thanks for this tool - I enjoyed the read and feel passionate about growing in the work place (and helping other women to grow).
NathanIves More than 1 year ago
Knowing Your Value: by Mika Brzezinski is a self confession and personal growth story about how a now prominent MSNBC morning show host discovered, demanded, and won compensation more inline with that of her peers. The story is complimented by the personal value stories and insights of over a dozen other leaders. Why You Should Not Buy This Book I dislike Knowing Your Value for several reasons. First, the book lacks sufficient method for actually determining your personal worth to an organization. Its premise is that an individual’s value contribution should be based on the compensation of others in similar positions. The shortfall with this argument is that each unique individual contributes differently to the organization and so offers his/her own value proposition. Additionally, there is an underlying assumption that the comparison employees have accurately identified and won their value – a premise that is often not true. Second, the book maintains a foundational assumption that the author was treated differently because she is a woman. While this may or may not be true, the comparison employees identified were noted as contributing significantly greater intellectual and creative works to their organization; suggesting that they were rightfully compensated more. Brzezinski discounts the fact that men, minorities, and other classes of people may also be undervalued, for the reasons she presents, and that everyone should methodically seek to identify and demand their value from employers. For its shortfalls in revealing how to calculate one’s personal value contribution and its faulted underlying logic and assumptions, I recommend you not purchase or invest time reading Knowing Your Value. Alternative Recommendation I believe it is highly important for an individual to know his/her value and to aggressively seek it. Identifying one’s worth is not a matter of simple comparison with others or a fight against perceived discrimination but rather a deliberate methodological evaluation of the value contribution of the individual to the organization followed by the positive assertion of that value to those who can correct any imbalance. Such a methodology is presented by Larry Myler, Chief Executive Officer of By Monday, in his book, Indispensable By Monday: Learn the Profit-Producing Behaviors that will Help Your Company and Yourself. All the Best, Nathan Ives StrategyDriven Principal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read. Not in just the title but in getting inside of the mind of Mika. Watching her each day, I wouldn't have imagined that she, along with all the others that she interviewed for the book went through all that they did. I know the workplace is not perfect nor fair when it comes to women so it was a sort of sigh of relief to know that there are other women out there, at all levels who experience some of the same things I do on a daily basis. I found myself nodding in agreement with the things being said by the author and the interviewees. But I can't help but think that Mika was a bit 'complainy'. Her tone in relation to Joe and MSNBC seemed to blame them at some point. But she quickly realized that she was the issue, not them. I also found myself wondering how she went to work the next day after the publishing of this book? Something we women do, right? Worry about fallout. I commend Mika on this book and this effort. The message was clear. And although I at times in the past have passed judgement on her by watching the show, I have a new found respect for Mika... a new found respect. This is a good read aspecially if you are a woman in corporate America, making her way up that ladder.
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Mika provides great insight on how to firm yet tender when dealing with any kind of business--from the board room to the lunch room. It really teaches women to realize their value is equally deserving to any man, be fearless but smart while remaining graceful and balanced--simply a lady who knows how to conduct business. MIKA, don't worry about the putz all the way in the back who is just pissed because no ones giving him attention. You have elevated to a higher echelon with your integrity and that is admirable. I would never watch Morning Joe without you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've recommended this book to all my girlfriends. I love that she interviews women in business that I look up to and learn about some I've never heard of. There is a lot of insight to gain from women who have been there and gone through the struggles we ourselves face everyday at work and in our personal lives. There is a lot to learn from others mistakes and recognizing the ones you made yourself. As a side note: I don't know Mika from her TV show (I don't have cable) so the preconceived ideas about who she is haven't clouded my review about this book. The direct results after reading this book were life changing. I say this earnestly. I read this book before my last annual review. I knew I had a killer year and needed to know how to get what I wanted -- what I was worth. I needed to know how to go about it and needed the courage to speak up and not be afraid to hear "no". It was the first time I left the room with exactly what I wanted (and a little bit more). I think I threw off my boss with my new found strength but I think she was impressed all the same -- after all, she read this book, too!
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mypaloozaonline More than 1 year ago
I don't normally write reviews, but I have to say this book was a life changer for me! I saw in myself everything Ms. Brzeznski saw in herself and it spurred me to change my life! I've never been happier as a result. Women who feel they have missed their break should definitely give this book a read. It is quick to the point and eye-opening! You will see plainly and be ready to take action.
LauraCO More than 1 year ago
Very good book, fast read. I bought it for my daughters and neices and another young women. Then I read it myself and was shocked that she was telling my story. Every women in the work force should read this. Lots of insight.
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