Having It All?: Black Women and Success

Having It All?: Black Women and Success

by Veronica Chambers
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Having It All?: Black Women and Success by Veronica Chambers

A behind-the-scenes look into the lives of successful middle- and upper-middle class African American women, the groundbreaking HAVING IT ALL? is sure to spark discussions from cocktail parties to boardrooms.

In a single generation, black women have made extraordinary strides academically, professionally, and financially. They’ve entered the workplace at a far greater rate than white women; increased their enrollment in law schools and graduate programs by 120 percent; and many are now running top companies, or in some cases, the country. Isn’t that enough? Not necessarily. With sharp insight, award-winning journalist Veronica Chambers explores the challenges and stereotypes she and other African American women continue to endure, and answers the question most often posed to her: What does success mean for black women?

Twenty-first century black women draw their inspiration from a wide range of sources: Claire Huxtable to Audrey Hepburn, snowboarding to basketball, Gloria Steinem to bell hooks. They choose what they like. Yet they are misunderstood by mainstream America and lack an accurate portrayal in the media of their lives. HAVING IT ALL? interweaves the thoughts and reflections of more than fifty women who occupy this territory. The voices range from Thelma Golden, chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, to a Silicon Valley executive, to medical and legal professionals, and stay-at-home “mocha moms.”

Successful black women today want it all: marriage, motherhood, engaging work, and prosperity. The difference is that they come to the table with the strength, courage and wisdom of black women ancestors who-did-it-all, even when they didn’t-have-it-all. What has gone so undocumented by the media is that modern black women are coming up with creative, satisfying answers to the juggling act that all women face.

Veronica Chambers chronicles this topic for the first time in her absorbing, riveting and groundbreaking book HAVING IT ALL?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767912396
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/13/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

VERONICA CHAMBERS, formerly the culture writer for Newsweek and the executive editor of Savoy, has contributed articles to Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and other publications. She is the author of Mama’s Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir about growing up in Brooklyn and Los Angeles during the 1970s and ‘80s, as well as several books for children. A 2001-2002 recipient of Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, Chambers is currently working on a novel, Miss Black America.

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Having It All?: Black Women and Success 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I am 16 years of age.I was always the one to called 'white' and where I'm from their are barely any good female role models.It wasn't until I read this book that I knew that sucessful African American women exsited outside of the movie set.They went through the same set backs I did and It felt good to know that I am not the only one.You should read this book if you have ever thought that you could not be sucessful in life.Just a warning: this is a book of essays.Not a self help book right off the bat,this book will find it's way to help you, if you pay attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Veronica Chambers does an excellent job in expressing the complexity that women of color, specifically African-Americans must encounter on a daily basis. This book is phenominal! Braovo
Guest More than 1 year ago
This would be phenomenal compliment to another author - (Charlotte Turnquist book Having a Lust for Life, a primer for the modern romantic) who also inspire Black Women (& people) about what one can accomplish with just a few inspirations. I would advise to have both books placement aside on another on line and on book shelves for customers easy access.