No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power

No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power

by Gloria Feldt
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No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power by Gloria Feldt

Feminist icon Gloria Feldt pulls no punches in this new book, which argues that the most confounding problem facing women today isn't that doors of opportunity aren't open, but that not enough women are walking through them. From the boardroom to the bedroom, public office to personal relationships, she asserts that nobody is keeping women from parity-except themselves.

Feldt puts women's power into an historical context, showing the ways in which women have made huge leaps forward in the past, only to pull back right when they were at the threshold. Feldt argues that there's no excuse-whether it's the way women are socialized, or pressure to conform, or work/life balance issues-for women today not to own their power. Women are still facing unequal pay, being passed over for promotions, entering public office at a much lesser rate than men, and oftentimes still struggling with traditional power dynamics in their interpersonal relationships. Feldt's solution to all these places where women face inequality is the same: we need to shift the way we think to achieve true parity with our male counterparts.

No Excuses is divided into nine chapters that organized around how women can change the way they think, and therefore the way they act. These include: Know Your History and You Can Create the Future of Your Choice; Define the Terms-First; Embrace Controversy; Employ Every Medium; and other helpful ideas for using the tools and resources women already have to create the changes they want to see. No Excuses is a timely and invaluable book to help women equalize gender power in politics, work, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580053808
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gloria Feldt is the former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood and a sought-after public speaker, lecturing at universities, civic and professional organizations, and national and international conferences on women, feminism, politics, leadership, media, and health. In addition to her keynotes on these topics, she tours with an intergenerational feminist panel, WomenGirlsLadies. She is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, where she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership.”

Feldt's commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other print publications. On the web, she is a commentator for Truthout, the Daily Beast, Salon, Democracy Journal, Women’s eNews, Huffington Post, WIMN’s Voices, Women’s Media Center, the International Leadership Forum’s ilfpost, BlogHer, and her own website and its blogs: Heartfeldt Politics, Courageous Leadership, and Powered Women. She currently serves on the boards of the Women’s Media Center and the Jewish Women’s Archive, and on the Our Bodies, Ourselves advisory board.

Gloria and her husband, Alex Barbanell, have a combined family of six children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They live in New York, NY and in Scottsdale, AZ.

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No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TamaraEsq More than 1 year ago
I don't review books that much but I was about to buy copies of this for my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and 3 nieces and saw the "boo hoo" review. I have to set the record straight. This is not a boo hoo type of book. This is a "WOO HOO!" type of book for all ages and genders. This is an exhilarating book that will make you look at a bunch of things in a new light (or possibly, in some cases, for the first time) and scratch your head in bewilderment ... how can women have so many opportunities and yet not have moved the ball very far? And, what can we do about it? That is the primary issue addressed in the book. It is also a "HOW TO" book - how to use all of the opportunities and power that you have to do what you want. And, just to enlighten the BOO HOO reviewer - the pay discrepancy between men and women is much more complicated than you lead the readers to believe. Not all of us elect to (or are able to) have kids or take maternity leave ... and by dismissing the pay issue as simply a result of parental leaves, you attempt to shut down the conversation before it can even get started. In closing, a central message of the book is that people need to listen to each other, learn from each other, support each other and figure out ways to help women AND men - of all races, ages, etc. be successful in life. NOT SIMPLY TO DISMISS THE CONCERNS OF OTHERS... or to call them cry babies. If you don't feel comfortable talking about the problem, how will you ever fix it? The older generation did a lot and made a lot of progress - you will learn about some incredible, history-making women. Anyway, it is important to know your history and know what the issues are facing women and families today. It is up to the younger generation and the middle generation to SEE the problem and fix it. You can't wait for someone to fix it for you. We have NO EXCUSES. I highly recommend this book.
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GloriaF More than 1 year ago
A tired and exhausting beating of a dead fictitious horse named propaganda. I'm tired of these feminist twisting facts and data to claim victimhood for all women - suggesting that men have everything handed to them on a silver platter. The reason women make only $0.83 to the dollar men make is because women take maternity leave while men work more overtime to compensate in the decrease in the family income. Leave it to feminist to make this a reason to claim victimhood for all women.