Books I love – “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth”

“Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth” is written by Mika Brzezinski. Mika is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and the author of a New York Times bestseller (her 1st book – All Things at Once).

I had seen her on TV before but didn’t know anything about her. This book is crazy good, and so surprising! A quick read, but stuffed with valuable information on being compensated for your worth in the market place.

Mika Brezezinski

I was also impressed with how honest she was about her many (and continuous) career mistakes that you assume powerful or successful women don’t make, certainly, not a television personality and successful journalist. But, wow, did she make a lot of career mistakes and they were all based around fear.

It’s really refreshing interesting, (although also frustrating) to see how fear has stopped so many women from reaching for their fullest potential. You would think fear is only an issue young women face, but as this book shows, women from ALL ages, and ALL levels of success still allow fear to stop them from reaching out of their comfort zone. Sometimes, as women we think “it must be just me…” you think you’re the ONLY woman dealing with this issue ever, and you’re not!  Even Sheryl Sandberg wanted to accept the 1st offer Mark Zuckerberg offered her at Facebook. It took her husband and brother-in-law basically shouting at her to give a counter offer that made her realize men never accept the 1st offer, and women usually do.

She shares her experiences dealing with failed negotiations, (signing the 1st contract she was offered! –oh no!), the role of mentors and sponsors; the gender wage gap; workplace behaviors; and more. She also includes insight by some of the most powerful women in America (from Suze Orman and Sheryl Sandberg to the late Nora Ephron).

My favorite quotes from the book:

When discussing negotiations, women “described themselves as scared, many said they would rather have a root canal.  Men were more likely to say they feel confident and up for the challenge.” (p 35).

“My desire to be liked outweighed my wish to be valued” (p.82)

“Asked to describe how they felt when asking for a raise or promotion, men used words like cool”, deserving and confident.  Women used metaphors such as ‘like filing taxes,’ or ‘like I was going to vomit.”(p.120)

Brzezinski, Mika. (2011). Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth. New York, NY: Weinstein Books


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