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A Good Time to Be a Girl

Don't Lean In, Change the System
Narrated by: Helena Morrissey
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

Five years have passed since women were exhorted to 'Lean In'. Over that time, the world has transformed beyond all expectations. But why should anyone 'lean in' to a patriarchal system that is out of date? Why not change it entirely for the good of us all?

In A Good Time to Be a Girl, Helena Morrissey sets out how we might achieve the next big breakthrough towards a truly inclusive modern society. Drawing on her experience as a City CEO, mother of nine, and founder of the influential 30% Club, which campaigns for gender-balanced UK company boards, her manifesto for new ways of working, living, loving and raising families is for everyone, not just women. Making a powerful case for diversity and difference in any workplace, she shows how, together, we can develop smarter thinking and broader definitions of success. Gender balance, in her view, is an essential driver of economic prosperity and part of the solution to the many problems we face today.

Her approach is not aimed merely at training a few more women in working practices that have outlived their usefulness. Instead, this book sets out a way to reinvent the game - not at the expense of men but in ways that are right and relevant for a digital age. It is a powerful guide to success for us all.

©2018 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2018 Helena Morrissey

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Fake Feminism

Good GOD. I am... agape. I did NOT just listen to over half of this book, listening to her talk about female empowerment & gender inequality in the workplace.. To find out she VOTED FOR BREXIT. I will be processing my shock and derision over the coming days during social isolation, you know this time during which the Brexit government have yet to put in place any safety precautions during the worst pandemic in living memory. It is almost hilarious, yet terrifying that this woman have the gall to dissect diversity of thought, and diversity in general, as a rich white straight non disabled woman who went on to vote for a government that actively persecutes marginalised people. Ha. Honestly, what? I turned it off when she went on about people deplatforming her views & you know what it's time to wrap up this review. Wish I could give this minus stars. Want to say I'd love to know why this is so highly rated, sadly know the answer. AVOID IF YOU HAVE A CONSCIENCE. Audible, you tricked me. Worst £3 ever spent.

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very good, recent book to read on the topic

good insight into the progress we've made and what still needs to be done. i like that Helena takes the perspective of playing to your strengths anf emphasizes that there are predominant feminine strengths which can be brought to the table. good new perspective on this.

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An inspiring read (for everyone)

A truly inspiring read with honest reflections and many questions remaining unanswered. truly stimulated many of my own reflections and offers continual challenge to the reader(s) as to how there is still much work to do to shape our future. wouldhughly recommend it to all those who are open minded and wanting to grow, especially to those who are initially cynical!

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It is a good time to be a girl

This is a short, modern account of one woman's incredible journey. I enjoyed listening to it and found myself often agreeing with the author. She talks common sense and although her situation is completely unique, there is no doubt that this is a good time to be a girl.

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Refreshing & empowering

This is a fresh view and a call to action, inspiring and empowering. Thank you Helena.

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Inspiring!! Excellent advice. Beautiful narration.

Inspiring!! Excellent advice. Beautiful narration. Full of insight. A distinctively and constructive approach to empowering women.

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Very engaging book.

Very engaging book, I admire HM for her achievements but most of all for her investment performance. I bought the paper version for one of my nieces.

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A quick read that gives a jolt of inspiration

Part of the benefit of this book is to hear the story of a highly successful woman in finance who has nine children. She’s such an outlier on so many levels but that’s the point. She also didn’t just rest on her own laurels but decided to have a wider systematic impact to bring boards of directors to having a minimum of 30% women represented.