How Jane Won: 55 Successful Women Share How They Grew from Ordinary Girls to Extraordinary Women

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9780609607589: How Jane Won: 55 Successful Women Share How They Grew from Ordinary Girls to Extraordinary Women

Ask successful women what the secret to success is and you'll get a thousand answers. Every woman's story is unique. In this companion volume to the bestselling See Jane Win, Dr. Sylvia Rimm lets more than fifty women from all walks of life tell their own stories of success in their own words. Among them are plenty of household names, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, singer and actress Florence Henderson, New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman, space shuttle commander Eileen Collins, Harry Potter artist Mary GrandPre, novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard, and more. But there are also women you've never heard of — scientists, teachers, artists, homemakers, doctors, publishers, and more — who are every bit as successful. To learn how these women earned, struggled, and lucked their way to the top is both fun and inspiring.

How do you define success? In Dr. Rimm's definition, success is more than a six-figure paycheck or a fancy title; it's a sense of happiness and satisfaction in what you do. Lisa Hayes-Taylor's account of why she loves being an elementary schoolteacher, Roberta Baldwin's eloquent sonnet on the virtues of volunteering, Tamara Minick-Scokalo's story of rising to become one of Procter & Gamble's first female marketing directors, and Catherine Callaway's description of the road to CNN offer four routes to completely different experiences of success.

You'll find dozens of hard-earned life lessons here to inspire your own path, among them: be willing to fail; don't be afraid to be the smart girl; it's okay to fall from one career into another; if a mentor offers you a hand, take it; you don't have to know everything; transfer your talents from one field into the next; and don't worry if you're not certain about what you want to do with your life. The common thread through these life stories is the wisdom of nurturing a passion, paying attention to what brings you happiness, persevering, and appreciating that the path between points A and B is seldom a straight line. Sometimes the first step to success is believing it's possible. How Jane Won shows the many roads from possibility to achievement and the inspiration you need to make your own unique journey.

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See Jane Win was propelled to the bestseller list by girls and parents seeking advice on how modern women can achieve success and happiness. How Jane Won, its companion, tells the stories of some 50 women who have been successful both at work and at home. Ranging in age from 30 to 80--some famous, some not--these women speak in their own voices about how their girlhoods sowed the seeds for their success, and how they coped with society's prejudices, triumphed despite discouragement, and found inspiration. They are lawmakers and judges, shatterers of glass ceilings, healers and discoverers, teachers and community leaders, artists and musicians, and communicators. And their stories are full of good counsel and inspiration.

Christine Whitman, the first woman governor of New Jersey, recounts how she was "more of a problem than a leader" as a kid, but succeeded anyway due to the self-confidence imbued in her by her parents. Sandra Day O'Connor tells of gaining early independence on a cattle ranch and being sent off to school in a distant city with no phone to communicate with her family. Connie Matsui, the daughter of servants, describes how she became the vice president of a pharmaceutical company and the president of the Girl Scouts of America while raising two children. Eileen Collins, NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander, was a shy child who worked her way through college to put more women into space. After a copy of Booker T. Washington's autobiography literally fell on her head, plant physiologist Camellia Okpodu renewed her commitment to finish college despite the racism she confronted there. Mary GrandPré shares how becoming more confident improved her art, which in turn led to her being selected as the illustrator for the Harry Potter books, and news anchor Jane Pauley shares why not making varsity cheerleader in tenth grade was the luckiest thing that ever happened to her. These stories remind us of the qualities that make for success in any life's path, of the unseen gifts in the seeming tragedies, and of the real potential for creating a fulfilling life as a woman with a career and a family. How Jane Won is a terrific gift for the young woman in your life. --Lesley Reed

From the Back Cover:

“A fascinating collection.” —Newsday

“This impressive group of mainstream feminist role models will inspire girls and women alike.” —Publishers Weekly

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