"This inspiring collection makes a strong case for how women can design their work lives to meet both personal and professional needs.” Publishers Weekly , starred review
Womentality: Thirteen Empowering Stories by Everyday Women Who Said Goodbye to the Workplace and Hello to Their Lives is a collection of powerful, personal essays from enterprising women around the world who came to the same realization: work shouldn’t have to be painful and demeaning. Armed with an internet connection and plenty of creativity and ingenuity, they prove that it is possible to redefine the nine-to-five work paradigm and create a flourishing career that is flexible and fulfilling outside the corporate structure.
The thirteen womenfrom diverse countries such as Uganda, Venezuela, Poland, Palestine, and the Philippinesapproach independent work in different ways, but are all motivated by the same impulsesto escape the drudgery of office life, to have control of their time, and to enjoy the freedom of working for themselves. Importantly, many discover thatoutside of the officeit is possible to triumph over global pay disparities that favor men.
Womentality is not a book about people who do not workon the contrary, these women work hard and their stories illustrate how they overcame challenges to achieve their goalswhether they sought freedom to travel, to spend more time with the family, escape demeaning office politics, or simply to control their career.
The essays in Womentality prove that a life of independence is not reserved for elite, American workers. It is possible for anyone. As the women who contributed to Womentality can attest: escaping the nine-to-five life isn’t easyit takes guts and persistencebut it’s absolutely worthwhile.
|Publisher:||Three Rooms Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Erin Wildermuth is a freelance writer and travel vagabond with a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Her thesis concentrated on how the digital divide impacts global decision making and international labor markets. She has been intent upon shedding light on how global trends and technological advances can help people rise from economic exploitation into economic independence ever since. Her work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Huffington Post , American Spectator , and Scuba Diver Magazine. She first left the nine to five in 2011, negotiating a part-time, remote arrangement with her employer. Within a year she had moved to Thailand and quit her job to work as a freelance underwater photographer and videographer. She lived in Thailand for three years and has since built a successful career as a freelance writer. She currently lives in Annapolis, MD.
Table of Contents
Erin Wildermuth, editor, United States
Chapter One: My Escape from the Rat Race
Lauren Gerber, South Africa
Chapter Two: The Fear and the Farm
Emily Schwartz, United States
Chapter Three: Finding and Sharing Freelancing
Yanique P. Walters-Dynott, Jamaica
Chapter Four: Brexit: The Final Push
Aleksandra Kaye, Poland
Chapter Five: From Uganda To The Cloud
Christine Muleme, Uganda
Chapter Six: Escaping Dictatorship and Making My Way
Xionary Guerrero, Venezuela
Chapter Seven: Veering Off the Tracks
Klara C. Racpan, Philippines
Chapter Eight: Freedom at Forty
Debra Hall, United States
Chapter Nine: Choosing Jayden
Terry Gachanja, Kenya
Chapter Ten: From Nursing to Abroad
Gayle Aggiss, Australia
Chapter Eleven: Choosing Art
Ayelen Lamas, Argentina
Chapter Twelve: Stepping, Starting, Teaching
Alison Wood, United Kingdom
Chapter Thirteen: Building a Successful Freelance Business
Samar Owais, United Arab Emirates