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Why Women Should Rule the World

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  361 ratings  ·  83 reviews
What would happen if women ruled the world?

Everything could change, according to former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers. Politics would be more collegial. Businesses would be more productive. And communities would be healthier. Empowering women would make the world a better place—not because women are the same as men, but precisely because they are different.

Hardcover, 280 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by HarperTorch
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Jun 24, 2008 Roger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: female whiners, male chauvinists
This book is conveniently divided into 3 sections: why they don't rule the world, why they should, and how they can.

When it comes to conversations, women are seen as more nuanced. That is to say, while a man's motivations may be linear, a woman's are polynomial. This can either be taken as "men are less treacherous for they're more obvious" or "women are less treacherous because they can fit a curve better and resolve conflicts". That is wholly a framing issue.

Nature vs. Nurture - Which wins out
We can see how the linear, logic and non-emotional approach to the world and business haven't worked. How about we try another approach. One that respects others and their wisdom, and taps into the inexplicable power of intuition.

Here are my thoughts in a nutshell:

"In many business circles, listening to a gut feeling is laughed off as “being too emotional” which, in a culture that respects logic over the senses, is frowned upon. I mean, who wants people to think they’re a flake? It has to make
An amazing look at the challenges of being a woman, primarily in American politics (Myers' realm).

She provides the research to what many women know intuitively: that women are still paid significantly less, rise within companies less, in many situations aren't given the same kind of respect as men.

She looks at women's successes in other countries (Northern Ireland, South Africa) and highlights American women like Kathleen Sebelius and Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

She also presents the biological differ
Myers weaves her own biography and her theory on gender in society together in an interesting read. The main complaint of this book that I have read is that her discussion of gender is neither scientific nor academic enough, which is true; however, that is not the purpose of the book. Having read many scholarly works on gender from biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives, I felt Myers' discussion is quite readable by the layperson while maintaining the accuracy of some of the wo ...more
This book is making me re-think how I communicate as a woman and as a member of our global society. It's also making me re-evaluate my level of responsibility as a woman, meaning I now think I have a far greater responsibility to communicate better and to own my woman-ness. I found myself wanting to hide the bold title of this book when I read it in public places. The clearest take-aways from this book, for me: (a) Women need to support women more often and more profoundly. Period. (b) We, as a ...more
Like a train wreck, I could not look away. There is data indicating that professional women will make up to $500,000 or even a cool million less over the course of their lifetimes... NOT due to discrimination or maternity leave or any of the usual culprits, but because they are something like 6 times less likely to negotiate their starting salaries. Frequently due to [legitimate] fear of being viewed as a bitch for the same behavior that garners men reputations of astuteness and business savvy. ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women who like politics; working women
I decided to read this book after seeing Ms. Myers speak here at the University a few weeks ago. Her talk was interesting, but rather vague, as many book tour talks seem to be. Much like her talk, I found the book to be a rather unorganized grouping of observations with the occasional *extremely brief* reference to research.

I think the book really tries to accomplish too much, and as a result, feels directionless. The author tries to blend her own experiences as Press Secretary for President Cli
Katie Miller
This was an interesting book for me to read because I definitely noticed that working in PR is probably sheltering me from what a lot of women go through in corporate America. The book addresses issues and obstacles that women have to overcome in male-dominated fields, however PR tends to be saturated with women, so I haven't had the same experience that many other women have. From our client, to vendors and my bosses, the majority of the people I work with are women. That being said, while PR t ...more
"Why Women Should Rule the World" is a part memoir, part social science treatise by the first female White House Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers, who served under President Clinton and later became a pundit and a consultant for one of my favorite TV shows, "The West Wing." I enjoyed the book, which is a very quick read, but I wish she had left the research on women "ruling the world" to the experts (see my review on Anne Kornblut's "Notes from the Cracked Ceiling") and dedicated more real estate ...more
Amber Draves
This book was not good as I had hoped. While I really liked the snippets about her experience in the White House and her writing on other notable female political figures I was bored with much of the rest. Women should rule the world because we are different then men. Because biologically men are more aggressive and we are better equipped to read emotion and are really drawn towards cooperation so women can bring things to the table that men have not been capable of before...

I've always been mo
Apr 15, 2008 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: politics junkies, women who like strong women

Leon, how could you? This book affected my heretofore positive feelings about Leon Panetta, going back to the days when he was our congressional representative and he used my office in the Monterey County Library branch to meet with constituents. Everyone loved him, and I'll never forget how he dealt with a wonderful young woman who was supporting her family by working part-time at the library (at the age of 16). Wow, I loved him. And a couple of weeks after he was there, he saw me o
Dee Dee's approach is similar to Malcolm Gladwell's, which I love. She finds all the things written on the subject, pulls it together and makes it a coherent whole. The basic conclusion is that the world would be a better place if women would allow themselves to be in more positions of authority, and we hurt ourselves by being self-effacing. When women are in positions of power, we improve profitability in corporations, the health of countries in government, and the status and happiness of our e ...more
The title of this book might make you think that it is going to be a misandrist view on the superiority of women, but that's not what it's about at all. The author talks about her personal experience as a minority gender in her field of work. She describes the differences between male styles of communication and female styles, and she makes an excellent case for the importance of balance.

Stories like these are important to read. A lot of women these days believe in their ability to have any job
This book was better than I expected or at least more scholarly. I thought it would be a light hearted view of the issue of women in the workplace but it was much more insightful and well researched. The author used experiences from her time in public service and incorporated those of other women as well. She drew on studies and other evidence of the impact of gender differences in a variety of settings to highlight her point that with more diversity among those in power the world could be a bet ...more
May 18, 2008 Marjanne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in politics or feminisim
The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer. The author isn't really advocating only having women rule (and therefore no men), but that women have more power, position, and influence in our government and business. She talked a lot about the historical reasons why women have less power, the reasons why women need more power, and how we can achieve that. A lot of the book discussed the author's experiences being the press secretary at the White House in the early 1990's. I do agree with the aut ...more
Truthfully I wanted to read this book because I had heard that they had based C.J. Cregg's (The West Wing) on Dee Dee Myers. I actually enjoyed the book a lot more than I thought I would have. An excellent book that integrated a lot of other books and research on the topic into one book. While I will admit that there were some parts that were really boring to read, overall I did enjoy the book. Myers explains her time in the West Wing and how difficult it was to be a press secretary who did not ...more
I liked the information presented in this book and how it made me more aware of how far women have come, but how far we still have to go to have our voices heard. I always knew that women struggled to be move beyond the glass ceiling and yet when she shared information on who the ceo's are in companies such as revlon, p&g, and other companies, I found myself thinking "wow those are female dominated industries with men calling the shots...seems contradictory and ironic" What would it look lik ...more
May 10, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women, husbands, bosses, voters
Recommended to Amy by: heard author interview on NPR
Don't be put off by the title; however, some may look askance at you when you carry a copy to your kid's gymnastics lesson! Even my 5-year-old, who is learning to read, asked me to answer the title's question.

Very helpful for me to hear her experiences and the stories of some of her mentors. I understand better what women can bring to leadership when we aren't trying to do it like a man and when we stop downplaying our abilities. What I keep thinking about from this book is the distinction betwe
Jun 25, 2008 Kirsten rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all women and open-minded men
I really enjoyed this book. Even though the title would make you think it is going to be a big "bash men" kind of book, it does not do that at all. Rather, it discusses the strengths that women can bring to leadership positions, the differences from men that women have that would bring a new perspective and new methods of doing things that would be a benefit to everyone. It also shows the struggle women face to get into these positions of power, because of past and present societal expectations ...more
Chris Antenen
Jun 13, 2008 Chris Antenen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Chris by: Advertisement
Because I admired DeeDee Myers when she was press secretary for President Clinton, I wanted to read the book she had just written and published. This is a well-researched and thoughtful book about women's roles in today's world. It is not limited to women in the political world, nor is it a tell-all book about the administration she served. She is matter-of-fact about her perspective towards that administration, and seems to have honest insight into her achievements and disappointments as the fi ...more
I enjoyed reading about Myers' work in political campaigns and as President Clinton's press secretary. She is a very smart, creative and assertive person; and I think it's cool how she has managed to combine work and family in her life. The agree with the whole "sequencing" thing and was inspired by the many different stories and quotations from successful women. She also includes some pretty interesting studies of the differences in the ways of men's and women's leadership and styles of communi ...more
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Inspiring! Key takeaways: the importance of women role models and the message, "When more women succeed, more women succeed."
Mary Liebetrau
The title reflects my premise in life. DeeDee Myers did not reveal any exciting information or unusual insight into the world of working women. She did however, validate what happens in many corporations as women continue to be absent in the board rooms. I know we have a Women's Nation but we are not in the top decision making strata. If womend ruled the world, there would be less conflict and more collaboation. I am constantly amazed at how men in leadership forget who gave them the good insigh ...more
I tend to find sociology a bit tedious, but she does a nice job of mixing personal anecdotes with research (there's a detailed bibliography at the end) and interviews with women in public life. It's a particularly interesting read if you're a West Wing fan, as CJ Cregg is the alter ego of Dee Dee Myers. She fills in some of the background by telling the real life experience that inspired that episode.

The other nice thing about this book is that she doesn't stop with just a recital of what we al
I enjoyed the aspects of this book where she talked about her life in the White House. I wasn't so convinced on the stuff she was talking about regarding the biological differences between men and women. Also, she was really focused on women's success in high-end positions (politics, management, academia), which of course has its merit, but I felt she wasn't in touch with the struggles of everyday women in low-end positions like customer service. But then again, that wasn't really what this book ...more
Jun 19, 2008 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Karen by: I saw the author on CNN.
This is an excellent look into Washington DC by the first woman and youngest press secretary. Dee Dee Myers writes about how she became involved in the political process in the Clinton Administration, the politics during her time as press secretary, and her life since she resigned that position. This is a candid look at various political figures then and now. It exposes a sexist atmosphere that continues today. I recommend this book to anyone with any interest in an insider view of US politics.
Linda Margaret
Despite the somewhat “pushy broad” title, it’s an interesting collection of studies showing how women do things differently from men. The book predicts that more and more the world will do things differently as women move almost imperceptibly into positions of management and leadership in the public and corporate world. Women, who are often judged on performance rather than potential, are rewriting how things are done. Covering changes in women’s roles from the US White House to Rwanda.
Dee Dee aapproaches the subject as someone who has lived it and then asked thoughtful questions to professionals who have some answers. She doesn't pretend to be anything other than who she is, and her truth and keen, funny wit fuel this honest book that doesn't seek to provide the ultimate feminist solution to all the world's problems. She seeks only to expand your viewpoint and encourage some rightful pride in young women entering the world of politics.
Barbara Bjelke-Wahlberg
Jul 29, 2010 Barbara Bjelke-Wahlberg rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who is thinking about buying a pet
This is not a male-bashing book, as some might suppose, but a frank discussion of how bringing women into the decision making process in all fields would add a great deal of perspective and change. Myers looks at history to point out where women have made a difference and how they did it. I think it is an eye opener, and should be read by all. Women, after all, make up half the planet's population. Why shouldn't we have a say in how this world spins?
May 11, 2008 Caroline rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Caroline by: my mom
Very well written and an easy read. The book is an interesting look at women in leadership positions and how they differ from men in management and leadership style. A lot of the information was not new to me, though it's nice to see all the studies and examples pulled together in a positive, upbeat way. I found it a little bit repetitive and lacking depth at times, but it was fun to read, and it's good to be reminded of what women have achieved.
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