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Summary

A new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have.

Weren't women supposed to have "arrived"? Perhaps with the nation's first female president, equal pay on the horizon, true diversity in the workplace to come thereafter? Or at least the end of "fat shaming" and "locker room talk"?

Well, we aren't quite there yet. But does that mean that progress for women in business has come to a screeching halt? It's true that the old rules didn't get us as far as we hoped. But we can go the distance, and we can close the gaps that still exist. We just need a new way.

In fact there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future, says former Wall Street powerhouse-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck. That's because the business world is changing fast - driven largely by technology - and it's changing in ways that give us more power and opportunities than ever, and even more than we yet realize.

Success for professional women will no longer be about trying to compete at the men's version of the game, she says. And it will no longer be about contorting ourselves to men's expectations of how powerful people behave. Instead it's about embracing and investing in our innate strengths as women - and bringing them proudly and unapologetically to work.

When we do, she says, we gain the power to advance in our careers in more natural ways. We gain the power to initiate courageous conversations in the workplace. We gain the power to forge nontraditional career paths, to leave companies that don't respect our worth and instead go start our own. And we gain the power to invest our economic muscle in making our lives and the world better.

Here Krawcheck draws on her experiences at the highest levels of business, both as one of the few women at the top rungs of the biggest boy's club in the world and as an entrepreneur, to show women how to seize this seismic shift in power to take their careers to the next level.

This change is real, and it's coming fast. It's time to own it.

©2017 Sallie Krawcheck (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"As Krawcheck shows, women are uniquely positioned to succeed by tapping into [the] skills they already possess. Own It is a manual for how women can both thrive and accelerate these changes - which will benefit both men and women". (Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and author of Thrive)
"This book fills me with hope that our next generation of young women will grow up believing they are brave and capable of changing the world." (Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO, Girls Who Code)
"In this powerful, honest, and yet intensely optimistic book, [Sallie Krawcheck] shows why women today have more options than ever, and how we can seize them by bringing our true selves to work." (Karen Finerman, CEO of Metropolitan Capital Advisors)

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  • JRS_98
  • 08-04-18

An inspiration and still practical

A colleague recommended that I read /listen to this book. So glad she did. It is wonderfully honest, inspiring and practical. So many great nuggets of our strength, power and influence as woman, several of which I had never heard. The best piece of advice, in my opinion, is the chapter on investing. Just wow!

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  • Micheem
  • 09-11-17

Great advice & insights narrated well.

This is definitely one of the better books on women in business I've heard/read. Sometimes when I'm listening to these types of audiobooks, I can get distracted and feel like I didn't miss anything, but with this one, I consciously pushed pause when I found myself not paying attention. To me, that's a sign I'm fully engaged in learning from the author!

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  • Kinga
  • 29-01-17

A must read for every woman

Not to be missed for any woman who wants to take charge of her life and career.

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  • PC
  • 19-06-18

Awesome

Started out slow but as the book progressed it got really good. Lots of wisdom. I absolutely loved it

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  • Lindsey Lear
  • 20-04-18

powerful

love the message. powerful and true. the reader gave it justice also. I hope many people read this book, including men and women!

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  • Elda Loesch
  • 31-01-18

You have the power already.

Absolutely loved and recommend this book. There’s not much else I can say on the subject of women in the work/entrepreneur arena.

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  • LK
  • 13-10-17

This Woman (and her book) is Amazing!

I really enjoyed listening to this book and hearing the insights of Sallie gleaned from years of working on the Street. I especially appreciated the insights relating to the amount of credit women take at work. I also learned from personal experience (the hard way!) how important it is to take credit for work in appropriate settings.

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  • Steph Mac
  • 11-10-17

Great book but not what I thought it was about

The book was great. Smartly written and performed very well. However, I was looking for a more general read about empowering women in the workforce. This book was empowering, and had some good info, but it was very focused on one particular work environment. and there were several name drops and product plugs I could have gone with out. that said, this was the first book I made notes in so overall I'm glad I read it.

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  • Sky
  • 25-09-17

loved it!

as an ELLEVATE member this made me so very proud to be a part of that community. eager for her to write more!

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  • Sarah
  • 10-06-17

READ THIS NOW!

Whether you are a male, female, or anything in between, read this book!! It's honest, smart, witty, and it doesn't ask women to act like men. FINALLY! A book I can read over and over and pass along to my niece and all of the other mighty women in my life. The future is female! Thank you, Sally Krawcheck for paving the way and sharing your experience so that we can continue to make progress!