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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Shipman, Katty Kay Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061776502
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You are not alone. Finally, here is a book that gets to the heart of what professional women want. You've probably been loath to admit it, but like most of us, you have had enough of the sixty-hour workweeks, the day-care dash, and the vacations that never get taken. You don't want to quit, you want to work—but on your own terms and in ways that make it possible to have a life as well.

Women have power. In Womenomics, journalists Shipman and Kay deal in facts, not stereotypes, providing a fresh perspective on the largely hidden power that women have in today's marketplace. Why? Companies with more women managers are more profitable. Women do more of the buying. A talent shortage looms. Younger generations want to work flexibly, too. It all adds up to a workplace revolution that is great news for professional women—not to mention men and businesses as well. As Brenda Barnes, CEO of Sara Lee, notes: “Companies need to recognize that this kind of flexibility offers employees the ability to manage and balance their own careers and lives, which in turn improves productivity and employee morale.” This new way of thinking and working is all the more valuable in a recession, as companies begin offering flexible schedules, four-day workweeks, and extended vacations as a way to avoid layoffs, save costs, and still reward employees.

It is personal. Womenomics does more than marshal the evidence of this historic shift. It also shows women how to redefine success, be productive, and build satisfying careers that don't require an all-or-nothing lifestyle. Most appealing are the candid personal anecdotes from Shipman's and Kay's own experiences and the stories they have gathered from professional women around the country who are coping with the same issues.

It is possible. Shipman and Kay don't waste time on what women can't do or can't have. Instead, they show women how to chart an empowering, exhilarating course to a richer life. Inspiring, practical, and persuasive, Womenomics offers a groundbreaking blueprint for changing the way you live and work—with advice, guidance, and fact-based support that proves you don't have to do it all to have it all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shipman and Kay have issued a rallying cry for women that is also a wake-up call for men. Our wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers are reshaping business as we know it. And that can make us all better off.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind

  • “A personal, provocative, and challenging book for career women who want less guilt, more life.”

    Diane Sawyer

  • Womenomics makes a compelling statement about the financial impact women can have in the workplace and offers valuable ideas for capitalizing on this trend, even in this economic climate.”

    Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

  • Womenomics describes the workplace trend that finally makes it possible for women to be successful and sane at the same time. And happily, it’s a recession-friendly formula.”

    Tina Brown, founder, the Daily Beast

  • “Employers should be listening to what talented women want and use this book to hold up their end of the bargain so that the best and brightest can have both a job and a life.”

    Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of Confidence

  • “Every woman who’s ever been knocked off course in the quest for the elusive ‘all’ should buy this book today.”

    Dee Dee Myers, author of Why Women Should Rule the World

  • “Without wasted words, Shipman and Kay provide practical suggestions for how you can take charge of your career with courage and confidence.”

    Lois P. Frankel, PhD, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

  • “Narrator Gabra Zackman sounds soothing and self-assured throughout, a style that underscores the underlying message of the entire narrative: women are the secret assets of any corporation—as demonstrated by research and autobiographical anecdotes...Appropriately, Zackman’s voice is firm when delivering the book’s bottom-line message: women are major contributors at senior levels of organizations.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/17/2014

    " Good advice for the working gal, working mom and aspiring corporate worker bee. Advice for all the walks of working woman life. Encouraging life stories from the women who wrote the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/10/2014

    " helped me revisit my work-home life balance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lu Ann Brobst | 2/4/2014

    " Although the book was geared more for women in business positions, I did find it interesting to see that creative ways could help women make decisions that allowed them to have a career and make choices about their work load. The only problem, sometimes those decisions effect the amount of money a woman can make. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harmony | 2/2/2014

    " Good book for both employees and managers to read! People should demand a better work/life balance and time with their loved ones. Only 3 stars because I believe in people starting a movement not just one gender. However, good tips on feeling more empowered in your job and control of your own destiny. Taking a day off to spend with your kids/husband/parents or friends is a life time memory and should not be hindered with the face-to-face time of the 40-hour workweek. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 1/14/2014

    " I feel like this would have been pretty decent if it weren't for the excessive use of the royal we when speaking about women, which was then backed up by "science." It really annoyed me, especially since while I love being a woman, I am not the stereotypical woman this book addresses at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Wennink | 1/10/2014

    " This is going to be my new bible. Great book to reorient one's thinking about priorities, especially for professional women in 30s/40s with young children "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emirfan T. | 11/29/2013

    " Sangat menginspirasi "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roses8 Rose | 11/22/2013

    " Wish i would of found this book when i my kids were younger. Really interesting and some great ideas for professional women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanna | 8/31/2012

    " Slow starter.. Very fond of speaking about empowering women.. But definitely not inspired.. Yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/21/2012

    " I'm listening to this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirby Scotton | 12/19/2011

    " It was far more interesting than I expected, but still not what I expected at all "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 7/7/2011

    " Too chatty and short on substance. Plus sets aside Gen-X workers as a separate category that embraces flexibility in work schedule and the importance of families. So book reeks of boomer-bias and the smug tone is grating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chasmax1 | 11/24/2009

    " "Gentlemen, do let judge this book by its cover or title. Many concepts and real-world practices described in this book echo those in "The Future of Management" by Hamel, which is also in my list. Times are changing!" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 8/24/2009

    " Lots of anecdotes, data and common sense advice. "How Remarkable Women Lead" is a much better read on the same topic. "

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About the Author

Claire Shipman is the senior national correspondent for ABC News' Good Morning America and a regular on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Previously, Shipman was the White House correspondent for NBC News and a reporter for CNN in Moscow, where she earned multiple awards for her coverage of the demise of the Soviet Union. She currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.

About the Narrator

Gabra Zackman is an actress and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.