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I believe that when it comes to women and work, there isn’t one right answer. The only person who can create a life you’ll love is you.   Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women I believe that when it comes to women and work, there isn’t one right answer. The only person who can create a life you’ll love is you.   Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women who came before us and paved the way, we can create the lives we want to lead—which looks different for each of us.   I’ve been fortunate to be able to build my career around my passions, from real estate to fashion. But my professional titles only begin to describe who I am and what I value. I’m an executive and an entrepreneur, but I’m also—and just as importantly—a wife, mother, daughter and friend. To me, “work” encompasses my efforts to succeed in all of these areas.    After appearing on The Apprentice years ago and receiving a flood of letters from young women asking for guidance, I realized the need for more female leaders to speak out publicly in order to change the way society thinks and talks about “women who work.” So I created a forum to do just that. This book evolves the conversation that started, and continues, on IvankaTrump.com, where so many incredible women (and men!) are coming together to share their experiences, advice, ambitions, and passions.   Women who work lead meetings and train for marathons. We learn how to cook and how to code. We inspire our employees and our children. We innovate at our current jobs and start new businesses.   Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills I’ve learned from some of the amazing people I’ve met, on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women—now and in the future. I hope it will inspire you to redefine success and architect a life that honors your individual passions and priorities in a way only you can.


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I believe that when it comes to women and work, there isn’t one right answer. The only person who can create a life you’ll love is you.   Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women I believe that when it comes to women and work, there isn’t one right answer. The only person who can create a life you’ll love is you.   Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women who came before us and paved the way, we can create the lives we want to lead—which looks different for each of us.   I’ve been fortunate to be able to build my career around my passions, from real estate to fashion. But my professional titles only begin to describe who I am and what I value. I’m an executive and an entrepreneur, but I’m also—and just as importantly—a wife, mother, daughter and friend. To me, “work” encompasses my efforts to succeed in all of these areas.    After appearing on The Apprentice years ago and receiving a flood of letters from young women asking for guidance, I realized the need for more female leaders to speak out publicly in order to change the way society thinks and talks about “women who work.” So I created a forum to do just that. This book evolves the conversation that started, and continues, on IvankaTrump.com, where so many incredible women (and men!) are coming together to share their experiences, advice, ambitions, and passions.   Women who work lead meetings and train for marathons. We learn how to cook and how to code. We inspire our employees and our children. We innovate at our current jobs and start new businesses.   Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills I’ve learned from some of the amazing people I’ve met, on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women—now and in the future. I hope it will inspire you to redefine success and architect a life that honors your individual passions and priorities in a way only you can.

30 review for Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Cecile

    Zero stars! Thumbed through it at Barnes & Noble. How insulting for an heiress to compile a list of sentiments from other people and call it an instruction book for working women. The idea that she can be inspiring or motivating is absurd and I can't imagine who would plunk down $25 for this simplistic, disingenuous, cut 'n' paste tripe. Really!? An American "aristocrat" who can snap her fingers or ring a bell to have anything done for her (including raise her kids), has advice for the "everywoman Zero stars! Thumbed through it at Barnes & Noble. How insulting for an heiress to compile a list of sentiments from other people and call it an instruction book for working women. The idea that she can be inspiring or motivating is absurd and I can't imagine who would plunk down $25 for this simplistic, disingenuous, cut 'n' paste tripe. Really!? An American "aristocrat" who can snap her fingers or ring a bell to have anything done for her (including raise her kids), has advice for the "everywoman." She has zero relatability to women who actually work for a living. And this has been done before and much better. There is nothing new or original. "Becky" from down the street could have put this together and no one would even know about it, but because it has a Trump brand on it, the publishing world thinks this is marketable and remarkable. Doesn't she have enough things to go laughing all the way to the bank for. And she probably had some intern do all the research and selection. She probably did nothing, just as she probably has zero to do with her so-called "fashion line." And the worst is including the Toni Morrison "Beloved" quote where Ivanka thinks pre-Civil War slavery is akin to modern-day women being a "slave" to their "first world" problems and time and schedule constraints. Terrible, this book is just for suckers or Ivanka worshipers (same thing?) IJS

  2. 4 out of 5

    sam

    Step 1: Be born extremely rich The end.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine PNW

    This is really nothing more than my unedited ramblings that someone like Ivanka Trump had the temerity to publish a book called "Rewriting the Rules for Success." Honey, you didn't "rewrite" anything. In order to need to rewrite the rules for success, that would imply that some sort of rules actually applied to you. Au contraire - you've never been subject to "rules" in your entire life. A better title for this book would be "Billionaire Daughters Who Benefit: Suspending, Evading and Transcending This is really nothing more than my unedited ramblings that someone like Ivanka Trump had the temerity to publish a book called "Rewriting the Rules for Success." Honey, you didn't "rewrite" anything. In order to need to rewrite the rules for success, that would imply that some sort of rules actually applied to you. Au contraire - you've never been subject to "rules" in your entire life. A better title for this book would be "Billionaire Daughters Who Benefit: Suspending, Evading and Transcending The Rules Via Nepotism, Entitlement and Privilege." There can be nothing that this woman could possibly say that would be relevant to anyone other than herself, or possibly the other gilded daughters born of platinum vaginas into unimaginable privilege. It's genuinely hard to be a woman who works. Hell, it's hard to be a person who works. Our society isn't great at supporting families. Ivanka Trump's despicable father and the rest of the Republican leadership is trying to make this worse. That makes the publication of this book an even greater affront to women who work. And women who don't work. And men. Human beings, actually. Ivanka Trump is the diet coke member of the Trump family - she's sparkly, full of fake sugar and empty calories and is attractively packaged. Fundamentally, though, she is entirely substance free.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane Yannick

    In order to rate this book I have to admit that I read it. Not easy to do but there you have it. What Ivanka has managed to do successfully is write the textbook for white entitlement. Yet, she doesn't have any idea because she simply loves her own repetitive, cliched voice. She hasn't the slightest notion that she isn't speaking to a captive audience enthralled with every morsel that comes out of her golden mouth. It's all about women "architecting" their own lives. The use of that word is as f In order to rate this book I have to admit that I read it. Not easy to do but there you have it. What Ivanka has managed to do successfully is write the textbook for white entitlement. Yet, she doesn't have any idea because she simply loves her own repetitive, cliched voice. She hasn't the slightest notion that she isn't speaking to a captive audience enthralled with every morsel that comes out of her golden mouth. It's all about women "architecting" their own lives. The use of that word is as far outside the box as she ventures. Mostly she relies on trite platitudes. Here are just a few of the multitudes. Create your best version of yourself. You only get one life to live and it's up to us how to live it to the fullest. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. We need to work smarter not harder. Optimists cope better in high-stress situations. Above all, be authentic. While you're at it, be present. She quotes 127 people living and dead in this 256 page book. Since 74 pages are references, make that 127 people quoted in 182 pages of text. I made a list of the people she quotes. Obsessive, for sure. If your intern googles working women, lays out the quotes for you, then you redundantly summarize their words and throw in a few tidbits about your family and your many successful businesses, have you written a book? There are spots where a single person is quoted for three pages at a shot. Sometimes the people she's quoting quote other people. Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin wins the prize for being the most extensively quoted. So much so that I think she should have been given credit as a co-author. Several times she restates verbatim quotes. Once she even wrote, "as I said before....." Really, Ivanka, we didn't just all just fall off the fucking turnip truck. She misquotes John Quincy Adams but he probably doesn't care. Many of the people quoted are her friends. I didn't have time to google each one to make sure that they're all still alive.I'm sorry that she quoted people like Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, Jane Goodall, Mahatma Gandhi, FDR, Socrates, Dave Barry and Junot Diaz. They didn't deserve to be mentioned in such a piece of self promoting drivel. I don't care about the other 119. My dear perfect Ivanka, do you realize that most women have at least some common sense and don't need to be told the obvious? Things like "If you are breast-feeding and would like to continue, make sure you have a plan for pumping." Really? Ladies with engorged breasts don't usually need reminders. You should have a resume. Well, I'll be. Apologize when you're wrong. Don't gossip. Be nice. Say thank you. Be kind. Lead by example. Work hard. Stay humble. There are more but that humble one has made me nauseous so I'll move on. You continually tout yourself "as someone who has made it her life's mission to empower women in all aspects of their life." Somehow this includes fashion-- apparel and fine jewelry. I have no idea how you think your sweatshop created merchandise is going to empower women. I looked at the websites. One thing that stood out for me was a reconstituted turquoise necklace for $168. Reconstituted means it's made out of chalk powder, plastic and dye. Do you really want your authentic women wearing this? Greed is not nice. We know you're a perfect wife to your perfect husband who validates your every step as you walk down the yellow brick road holding hands. We know that your three children bring you unspeakable bliss. You get on the floor with Joseph and play cars for 20 minutes each day; you read Arabella 2 books per day; you give Theodore 2-3 bottles each day. (Hell with that breast pump, eh?) You give them spa baths that simulate rain forests. Then you watch them sleep. Unfreakingbelievable perfection abounds. Besides your regularly scheduled dates with Jared, you run together on the weekends. While running you talk about all the important issues that you didn't get to talk about during the week. Running, talking? Do you wear a cape that says ENTITLED? Not everyone gets a call from Anna Wintour the minute they graduate from college to offer them a job at Vogue. Choosing to work in your family business must have been a tough decision for you. When visualizing your life, you see yourself seated at a long table adorned with "beautiful bouquets of blush colored peonies". Since you "insist on niceness", all your people are smiling as they think about how "to best leverage themselves for the benefit of both her brand and The Trump Organization." Since you pay them a competitive salary, full benefits, stipends for their cell phones, and gym memberships, their adoration radiates all the way to the fridge which contains healthy snacks for everyone. What is this talk about Alfred's? "Vetted pros who take care of household chores and errands, freeing up your time, energy and mental space." We need to put money in two spending accounts, and an emergency account and a curveball account?? I have a feeling you don't have to handle many curveballs, especially when you get to "enjoy hanging out in the garden of your country home in NJ." Arabella is only three yet "she feels passionately about helping the homeless and children in need." Golly, my three year old was mostly interested in twirling in her tutu. But then again, I didn't get to take her to work with me every Wednesday. She didn't have "a kids' desk that folds out of the wall complete with treats, toys, colored pencils and markers", followed by a mommy-daughter lunch at Trump Grill. "Neither of my parents wanted to raise entitled children who didn't know the satisfaction of a job well done and they didn't." Oh but I must beg to differ. I have the distinct feeling that you think this book is a job well done. Ivanka, you have NOT rewritten any rules for success, so please don't kid yourself. You have simply taken others' words and put your inane spin on them. This book flaunts your huge ego and exposes your superficiality.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laima

    I thought this book was all about women who actually work, you know, like her nanny, chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, gardener, assistant and maid. Oh ... wait. Nope. It isn't!!! I thought this book was all about women who actually work, you know, like her nanny, chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, gardener, assistant and maid. Oh ... wait. Nope. It isn't!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan E

    Let's be realistic for a moment. Ms. Trump is a celebrity. She is very good at being famous, and wealthy, and being part of a business-focused family. The idea that she faces the same challenges as most working parents is laughable. Rewriting the rules for success? Is that even possible when you can afford to have other people take care of your family while you create clothing accessories that are appealing mostly because of your famous name? If Ms. Trump had been an hourly worker trying to surv Let's be realistic for a moment. Ms. Trump is a celebrity. She is very good at being famous, and wealthy, and being part of a business-focused family. The idea that she faces the same challenges as most working parents is laughable. Rewriting the rules for success? Is that even possible when you can afford to have other people take care of your family while you create clothing accessories that are appealing mostly because of your famous name? If Ms. Trump had been an hourly worker trying to survive on inequitable wages with little or no benefits, while paying for daycare, maybe she would have something to offer real working parents. Instead, she can dictate her imagined struggles from her ivory tower. I hope her ghostwriter made a livable wage, at least.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Clumsy Storyteller

    Thank you Ivanka, we appreciate your "Hard work" in googling inspirational quotes. Thank you Ivanka, we appreciate your "Hard work" in googling inspirational quotes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Jiannotti

    Originally, I was not going to write a review on this book simply because I felt as though people would harass me. However, the reviews that it is currently getting are not positive, and I would like to give my opinion for those who actually don't care that she is the President's daughter. Anybody has the reason to be skeptical of this work simply because she was raised privileged. However, she never once denies that she had resources growing up. Her mother was a developer of real estate and her Originally, I was not going to write a review on this book simply because I felt as though people would harass me. However, the reviews that it is currently getting are not positive, and I would like to give my opinion for those who actually don't care that she is the President's daughter. Anybody has the reason to be skeptical of this work simply because she was raised privileged. However, she never once denies that she had resources growing up. Her mother was a developer of real estate and her father was already a mogul by the time she was born. Yes, she has money. Yes, she had connections early on, but it is about what you do with that success from the jump. She didn't even start working with her father until she gained a proper education and worked in a completely different company to gain experience. She states that she knew what the Trump Organization was like her whole life, and she wanted to know what it was like to be on the outside of it as well. She could have easily just started at the Trump Organization out of high school and learned that way, but she didn't. Also, I hate that people are assuming that because she worked with her father and brother that she did not actually have to work. I don't know if these people have ever worked in a company before, but EVERYBODY works. The receptionists, the marketing team, the janitor, and the President/CEO WORKS! They each have different jobs to obtain, and yeah she wasn't the one bringing the coffee to the meeting, but she had to learn her job just like everybody else, and she became good at it. Really good. Throughout her time working at the Trump Organization, she created deals for the company and negotiated her way through various projects. That is not something that you can start doing right off the bat. There is a learning curve for every job, and Ivanka teaches us not to be so afraid of taking that leap in your career. She talks about amazing women in her life that have shaped her way of thinking and could benefit us as well. Yeah, you're right, she does use a lot of quotations from other people, but she had to gather them up. She wrote them down as amazing thoughts from other people that stuck with her, and could help a young women trying to make it work in her current field. All of the things that Ivanka talks about in this book could be beneficial to ANYBODY if they took the time to actually read it. Just "thumbing" through it at the bookstore is not actually giving somebody the benefit of the doubt that they actually WROTE the dang thing. She compiled thoughts, tips, life stories, and instances from her life and others that is a one-stop-shop for everything regarding Women Who Work. She's a mother of three who works tirelessly in various aspects of her life. She is an active member of society and her children's life that I think we can all be proud of. She spends mornings and nights with her children and never misses a dance recital or awards ceremony all while being at the front lines of a hateful society that just want to tear people down. I am highly saddened that this book has an average rating of 2 stars because Ivanka Trump deserves far more than that. Whether you like her father's politics or not, she is a woman who works at amazing things, and I think we should all be grateful that she took her time to help out even one woman in her career.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A slap in the face insult to intelligent, hard working women everywhere, this is the literary equivalent of those awful cheap looking knockoff "designs" she peddles. Meaningless platitudes from someone who knows less than nothing about actually working for anything, and who has the self awareness of a blob of chewed gum. A slap in the face insult to intelligent, hard working women everywhere, this is the literary equivalent of those awful cheap looking knockoff "designs" she peddles. Meaningless platitudes from someone who knows less than nothing about actually working for anything, and who has the self awareness of a blob of chewed gum.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joellen

    I loved Ivanka's voice in this book. She is passionate about the "multidimensional woman" who has varying interests in family, career, and hobbies. I loved that she addressed full time working women to stay at home mommas and everything in between. Her whole message was to promote women doing what's best for their individual lives. I found her authentic and very inspiring. As a woman who would love to one day have a small creative business, I picked up many tips and will probably be referencing I loved Ivanka's voice in this book. She is passionate about the "multidimensional woman" who has varying interests in family, career, and hobbies. I loved that she addressed full time working women to stay at home mommas and everything in between. Her whole message was to promote women doing what's best for their individual lives. I found her authentic and very inspiring. As a woman who would love to one day have a small creative business, I picked up many tips and will probably be referencing this book again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tj Borders

    This book was obviously written by someone who never had to actually do any of the things she offers advise on. Being handed her career, with no promotions needed, seriously. If not for stealing other people's quotes, there would be nothing worth reading here. This book was obviously written by someone who never had to actually do any of the things she offers advise on. Being handed her career, with no promotions needed, seriously. If not for stealing other people's quotes, there would be nothing worth reading here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    jenny

    Great book ! Everyone should read this book. I saw a lot of Hate filled negative comments. What hate filled hypocrites and bigots they are.

  13. 4 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl)

    Aloha, Many of these reviews are from haters. I am a proud Trump Supporter, GOP, and mix gal! If you that much venom and ill will hate for us conservatives gals, then do not read books by conservatives gals. I only gave it 4 stars because some people she use for quotes I do not like. Regardless, I understand why she did. This book gives hope and guidance to reach our dreams. It reminds us what is truly important in life and values of family. If your a liberal gal who does not have that nasty hate Aloha, Many of these reviews are from haters. I am a proud Trump Supporter, GOP, and mix gal! If you that much venom and ill will hate for us conservatives gals, then do not read books by conservatives gals. I only gave it 4 stars because some people she use for quotes I do not like. Regardless, I understand why she did. This book gives hope and guidance to reach our dreams. It reminds us what is truly important in life and values of family. If your a liberal gal who does not have that nasty hate, I think you could like this book. P. S. I understand this has grammar errors. I do not feel like opening a zillion gaps on my I-Phone to grammar check this. Yes, I have learning disabilites. etc. No, I am not stupid. It a shame this good book is not getting the respect it deserves. It one thing to disike. It another ball game when you have this kind of hate.) 🇺🇸🤙

  14. 4 out of 5

    Esme

    Don't give this woman any more money what could she possibly know about the real world? Don't give this woman any more money what could she possibly know about the real world?

  15. 5 out of 5

    CatBookMom

    WARNING: This is a bit of a political rant. I do not support Ms Trump or any of her family. I did not read this book. This is a self-help book, all right; helping Ms Trump's profits. Her idea of success involves many millions more dollars than most of the women in the US earn. She doesn't take care of her kids, she doesn't drive to work; she has a TEAM. Ivanka describes how much she valued having a standing Wednesday lunch date with her daughter before she started kindergarten. “She came into the WARNING: This is a bit of a political rant. I do not support Ms Trump or any of her family. I did not read this book. This is a self-help book, all right; helping Ms Trump's profits. Her idea of success involves many millions more dollars than most of the women in the US earn. She doesn't take care of her kids, she doesn't drive to work; she has a TEAM. Ivanka describes how much she valued having a standing Wednesday lunch date with her daughter before she started kindergarten. “She came into the office—she prefers my ‘pink’ Ivanka Trump office to my real estate one, in part because it has a kids desk that folds out of the wall, complete with treats, toys, colored pencils, and markers,” she writes. Of course, toddlers don’t just swing by the office—someone has to bring them. If you’re able to hire that person, you’ve got the major problem facing most working parents licked. http://tinyurl.com/ld8ougf Washington Post's The Daily 202: Ivanka Trump’s life of privilege undermines the credibility of her new book’s message https://tinyurl.com/mg4auyc This has quite a lot of quotes from the book. Have you read the Slate review? That's here: Ivanka Trump Is the Sparkly Vampire America Craves https://tinyurl.com/m8t4kxc The NY Times review is here: Having Trouble Having It All? Ivanka Alone Can Fix It https://tinyurl.com/k8lu7re

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ilya

    What the fudge do you know about working?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vowelor Books

    Women Who Work is Ivanka Trump's second book in which she talks about various subjects from finding opportunities to negotiating; from shuffling career to starting companies and much more. The complete name of this inspiring book is Women Who Work: Rewriting Rules for Success by Ivanka Trump, the daughter of American President Donald Trump. In her book Women Who Work, Ivanka Trump gives insights on managing work and family together which is a major issue in the life of Women who work. Ivanka has Women Who Work is Ivanka Trump's second book in which she talks about various subjects from finding opportunities to negotiating; from shuffling career to starting companies and much more. The complete name of this inspiring book is Women Who Work: Rewriting Rules for Success by Ivanka Trump, the daughter of American President Donald Trump. In her book Women Who Work, Ivanka Trump gives insights on managing work and family together which is a major issue in the life of Women who work. Ivanka has pointed out many of the faced by working women today and tells how she won over them herself. The book is more of a must-have guide for ladies out there who are competing with men in all walks of life. Ivanka Trump has written this book for all those...see review

  18. 5 out of 5

    K. A. O'Neil

    She's using her name to sell you garbage. She's using her name to sell you garbage.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jones

    For the extremely wealthy, white, blonde, thin, power-hungry and out of touch Ivanka to write a book about success is a slap in the face to real working women. She is pretentious, and is actively playing a part in a Republican war on women. There is nothing she can teach women other than being an example of a truly horrible person. Whatever she does, please do the opposite so that our planet and our humanity have a chance for survival.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    Ivanka Trump's new book gets reviews -- and they aren't good Ivanka Trump's new book gets reviews -- and they aren't good

  21. 5 out of 5

    Андрей Раяновский

    this is an apolitical self-help book aimed at female entrepreneurs, specifically mothers

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steven Struhl

    The cliche ridden ramblings of the completely spoiled and dishonest offspring of a family of great wealth. This woman's head is filled with something fouler, yet lighter than air. Just open to any page to learn how being born with millions is the key to becoming wealthy, at least when added to copious amounts of dishonesty with others and oneself. Think of all the downtrodden women working in Asian sweatshops producing Ivanka-wear while reading it as well. Empowerment! The cliche ridden ramblings of the completely spoiled and dishonest offspring of a family of great wealth. This woman's head is filled with something fouler, yet lighter than air. Just open to any page to learn how being born with millions is the key to becoming wealthy, at least when added to copious amounts of dishonesty with others and oneself. Think of all the downtrodden women working in Asian sweatshops producing Ivanka-wear while reading it as well. Empowerment!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    If you are a woman who works, you should read this book. Incredibly helpful tips on finding your career direction, finding a support network, managing a team and your own priorities effectively, and becoming a leader. It's a shame that this book may not be given a chance because of a certain man's current presidency. Let's all try to put our political leanings aside, and focus on the real mission here: women who work. If you are a woman who works, you should read this book. Incredibly helpful tips on finding your career direction, finding a support network, managing a team and your own priorities effectively, and becoming a leader. It's a shame that this book may not be given a chance because of a certain man's current presidency. Let's all try to put our political leanings aside, and focus on the real mission here: women who work.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ania

    This book for me is on par with Amy Poehler's 'Yes Please' because instead of painting women as the 'victims of the patriarchy' Ivanka is honest about attitudes toward working women today, which are largely positive (in developed countries where SJWs mostly come from) but just need a little refining. For example, she clearly shows how the wage gap is a myth with information such as that women ask for raises and promotions 86% less often than their male counterparts and men apply for jobs that th This book for me is on par with Amy Poehler's 'Yes Please' because instead of painting women as the 'victims of the patriarchy' Ivanka is honest about attitudes toward working women today, which are largely positive (in developed countries where SJWs mostly come from) but just need a little refining. For example, she clearly shows how the wage gap is a myth with information such as that women ask for raises and promotions 86% less often than their male counterparts and men apply for jobs that they’re only 60% qualified for as opposed to women who ensure that they are completely qualified first. I feel very sorry for people reviewing this or any other book without actually reading it because of who the author is. I am positive that I would enjoy this book just as much if it weren't written by Ivanka Trump, whom I respect greatly. Also I can only imagine how drastically polar the reviews would have been if this had been published before Trump's presidential campaign. It would be so refreshing for goodreads to be a platform to discuss ideas instead of a vapid popularity contest. For one thing, sure, Ivanka Trump is beyond the conventional definition of 'privileged' (whatever arbitrary measure for that may be) but does that make her life experience any less valuable to share? I don't think so. Lessons can be learned from anyone, even murderers. Not to mention, this was never supposed to be an autobiography or a political book. It is supposed to be an inspirational self-help book that also provides insights into Ivanka's life. Everyone's always complaining that she 'only has a business because of her dad' but is she really that unique? I can think of at least two people I know off the top of my head who created their own brand by taking over their parent's so how exactly does she lose all credibility for having done the same thing? Maybe if we started evaluating individuals for their actions instead of the group to which they associate, there wouldn't be so much polarization across the globe as of late and we would recognize that there is great value in recognizing all perspectives. She was offered the opportunity to work at Vogue but turned it down to pursue real estate. I think that takes bravery because having Anna Wintour personally call you offering you a job is pretty much winning the career lottery (because it looks good on your résumé no matter what career you're pursuing). She has other people catering to her 'every need'? Good for her. If you could afford it wouldn't you pay for a cleaning lady and a nanny too? Just like Amy Poehler has said, you're only hurting yourself by denying that you need help from anyone else to be a successful working mother. From personal experience, I can attest to the fact that if my mom was more selfish (because she's the most selfless person I know) she wouldn't have health problems and would likely take more much needed time for herself. Ivanka is inspirational to me not because I have a naive idea of her in my mind that she does everything on her own, but because she has created a successful brand and had the humility to seek help and not go at it alone cold turkey. Now onto the book itself, she acknowledges early on her privilege when she writes, "I consider the position I'm in to be a great responsibility and one I intend to use wisely." She pointed out the continued attitude in society to refer to women and/or mothers who work as 'working women' when the term is not used for men who are or are not fathers, which I completely agree is outdated and unnecessary. I liked that she acknowledged the importance of entertaining disparate viewpoints so that her inner circle isn't an echo chamber (hint hint nudge nudge goodreads commenters on this book who didn't even read it). I really like her concepts of the 'extended job title' to empower women and a 'future mission statement.' She then has a summary of the contents of each chapter at the end of the introduction which was a great way of laying everything out. I will very loosely outline them here for the people who 'don’t want to bother with the book' although there is much more valuable material if you actually care to read it: 1 – The first chapter was about identifying your passions in life and what I found as a particularly useful reminder was that passion and perseverance are more important than education and experience, something I've observed personally. She also emphasized that you must be happy before you achieve your dreams and not expect happiness after years of torturous hard work. It was quite telling for me to read that doctors in a positive mood make accurate diagnoses 19% more quickly. 2 – This was about 'making your mark' or establishing yourself in the workplace. One great point she makes that is simple but so true is that you shouldn’t be asking people questions that can be easily found online. This applies to everything from work to classrooms and from experience I would much rather find out the answers myself when I can but at the same time try not to be afraid of asking questions when it’s appropriate. I also agreed with her point that you should try not to talk about yourself for more than 30 seconds at a time if you’re not a particularly charming conversationalist; I’m not going to stand with a timer in my hand every time I talk to someone but I’ve definitely noticed that people are more interested in conversing when I go back to them often rather than giving them a presentation of a story that could have used a lot less details. There were also great tips on how to better participate in meetings, how to give presentations and how to work as a team among other things. Finally I completely agree that it’s better to treat networking as an opportunity to make friends or at least acquaintances with a small number of persons of interest rather than reaching out to as many people as possible via a superficial and transactional confrontation. Along the same lines, it was interesting to find out that people are 58% more likely to find a job opportunity through acquaintances rather than through good friends. 3 – This was about 'staking your claim' or essentially how to go about reaping the rewards from making your mark. There was helpful advice about being a leader, the hiring process and everything that comes with that along with sections about negotiation and knowing your worth. The latter was particularly useful for me because I try not to be a bossy person and sometimes have difficulty being assertive about my needs. 4 – This was about maximizing your time in a work week to make it more efficient and better reach your long-term goals. I’m naturally a very organized person to a fault so planning, making lists and having everything in its place is second nature for me but that information I can see could definitely be useful for people who live more hectic lives. I personally better appreciated the advice on which hobbies are the most beneficial and how to 'get centered' by tackling stress earliest in the day and using breathing exercises, among other tips. 5 – This chapter had to do with something I’m still trying to work on, which is the concept of joining your work with your life instead of attempting to balance them by keeping them separate. I was always told that work/life balance is the ultimate goal to happiness but Ivanka explained why this is false like this: relying on a balance to keep all obligations at peace will only result in the scale tipping because it is so sensitive (e.g. to sickness, accidents, etc.). She argues for a 'work/life fit' instead and embracing every obligation of the day as a part of your life. I agree with this because it reminds me of what Mark Manson wrote in his book, 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck,' that no matter what you choose to do in your life it will always bring problems that require work to solve. So essentially, your entire life from the second you wake up is work, which when put that way sounds very simple. I also appreciate how she actually included things women who work can do rather than placing the onus entirely on the government, although the way the American government treats working parents has been appalling for decades. 6 – The last chapter of the book was dedicated to changing the attitudes toward women who work as introduced at the beginning of the book. Yes, there are a lot of quotes in this book and it sometimes feels more like a paraphrasing of other books I've read than its own thing but again, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that in my mind (I have read better books with a quote before every chapter) because there was great content amongst them from Ivanka. I feel that the quotes only enhance what she’s saying and flow with the information as she presents it. Maybe it's subjective, but having had to write many essays in high school using multiple quotations has definitely made me more attuned to reading material in a similar format. This isn't just a vague book of quotes; it actually outlines steps you can take to better yourself with specific examples. Also, isn't it better that she's voicing the perspectives of so many people instead of having written a book that simply drones on about herself and her accomplishments? I can only imagine the controversy that would have caused. Some of my favourite passages of hers that were not quotations from other people include: "Women were interested in buying jewelry for themselves - and were no longer waiting for a man to do it for them." "One life isn't just about trying to achieve balance (it doesn't exist!) or managing blended priorities; it's about acknowledging that the priorities that exist outside of our job descriptions are just as important to us as the work we do to support ourselves and our families - and just as worthy of our time and attention." "No one knows what success means to someone else. I know lots of people who are outwardly successful and inwardly miserable - to me, that's not success, but that's the path they've chosen... Success to me means setting goals that feel true to who you are, not trying to live up to the arbitrary bar that society sets up for you or what anyone else thinks should matter to you." "We often realize that while we're waiting for our lives to begin, they already have - and they're made up of all the decisions we make, big and small, conscious or not... Honor yourself by exploring the kind of life you deserve." I personally was surprised by how well this was written. I don't idolize Ivanka and didn't have the highest expectations for this book but she (and her helpers likely) has presented the content in an erudite and concise fashion, which made the book enjoyable and quick to read. I also liked how she used real estate terminology in some of her advice like 'architecting a life you’ll love' and 'refering to your blueprint.' I believe this book is smart and transparent, and I recommend it to all hopeful entrepreneurs and bosses. I do think a lot of the points in this book are simple and well-known, which is why I give it four stars but it is presented in a refreshing and organized way and I feel like I just got a good pep talk reminder on how to get my shit together. In the end however, this book delivers on its premise and is well-cited so even if a lot of the information comes from other sources, she's at least not claiming to have invented all of the concepts herself. Also, her workplace is ideal and largely unrealistic when compared to the average workplace, but there is no reason that that shouldn’t change. I work as a government summer student and we also don’t have a formal policy around being sick for example, and I think that should be the case everywhere. If we are sick we are given the option of taking the day off without pay or making up the hours through overtime. It’s something so basic that it frustrates me to read about the devastating problems most American (and Canadian) workers have to face alone. In conclusion, this book is obviously meant to further Ivanka Trump's brand and create more customers but how exactly is that wrong? You think when Jessica Alba wrote her book she wasn't trying to market The 'Honest' Company through it? What this book isn't is a political book - it's meant to be an inspirational ode to female leaders and is even unintentionally feminist (a gender-biased cause I do not support). Ivanka herself describes this book as a guidebook for achieving success as a woman. She is however clearly aware of the problems most American workers face regarding paid leave and childcare so not being American myself, I can only hope that Ivanka will fight to push her father into enacting those policy changes necessary or at least bring about some policies that could alleviate the stress that workers face mentally and physically, and ultimately increase worker morale and efficiency. On that note, I think it’s important to remember this book was finished before Trump was elected. It’s also important to realize that how workers are treated is seemingly a simple issue but a lot more complex at its core because of the consumerist and 'on the go' culture of North America. North Americans are pushed to their limits to produce work faster, harder and better, and paradoxically this culture that we live in is what is causing so many problems in the opposite direction. That is why I personally believe that relying on statistics and outcomes from model countries in Europe for example to enact policy changes is the best way to bring about positive change. I also personally believe that next time you don't read a book, don't write a review about it. To me, this book is everything that '#Girlboss' tried to be.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Breakfast & Bookmarks

    Women Who Work was filled with great inside information from a business owner's point of view and what they look for in employees. This is incredibly helpful to those in job search. There was also a ton of information and advice for people.of both genders who will find it helpful if starting up a business or moving up in the corporate world. Women Who Work was filled with great inside information from a business owner's point of view and what they look for in employees. This is incredibly helpful to those in job search. There was also a ton of information and advice for people.of both genders who will find it helpful if starting up a business or moving up in the corporate world.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Authentikate

    Reads like a giant pat on the back of the privileged. Self-congratulatory, this collection of banal platitudes is confusing in that the author clearly doesn't know who her readers are. The vast majority of "women who work" could not relate to this marketing scheme cum policy position Ms. Trump espouses. For that reason, this book is tone deaf and so earnestly tone deaf I'm left wondering who the heck she thought her audience would be? The notion Ms. Trump truly understands the trials and challen Reads like a giant pat on the back of the privileged. Self-congratulatory, this collection of banal platitudes is confusing in that the author clearly doesn't know who her readers are. The vast majority of "women who work" could not relate to this marketing scheme cum policy position Ms. Trump espouses. For that reason, this book is tone deaf and so earnestly tone deaf I'm left wondering who the heck she thought her audience would be? The notion Ms. Trump truly understands the trials and challenges (and arguably even the successes) of "women who work" enough to commiserate with them (and thus, sincerely inspire them) strikes this reader as laughable. Her book, for this reason, may find a home amongst other trust fund babies celebrating their "success" in business but the notion it would resonate in the lives of the middle or working class is incomprehensible. The "rules" Trump is rewriting consists not of integrity, hard work, or even education but rather nepotism, born wealth, and generational advantages of the 1%.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Great book - the reviewers who gave it one star are doing a disservice to a well written book with ideas that would be valuable to all women. I have definitely taken some great ideas from it. As women we should support each other and not tear each other down.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christin Edge

    Let me preface this review by saying this is not a political book with a hidden agenda! I have always respected the work ethic, dialog, and classy lifestyle of Ivanka Trump. Being born into a wealthy family, she could have easily slipped into a Kardashian lifestyle, but instead took the high route and sets a phenomenal example for working women everywhere. The purpose of this books is to embrace the multidimensional lives women now lead as working mothers, and how to change the cultural stigma a Let me preface this review by saying this is not a political book with a hidden agenda! I have always respected the work ethic, dialog, and classy lifestyle of Ivanka Trump. Being born into a wealthy family, she could have easily slipped into a Kardashian lifestyle, but instead took the high route and sets a phenomenal example for working women everywhere. The purpose of this books is to embrace the multidimensional lives women now lead as working mothers, and how to change the cultural stigma around working women.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cory

    She had me until the very end. The book is well written and even empowering at some points. But then she started advocating for very liberal laws. The book overall was super liberal. This makes all the negative reviews even more ironical. I liked all the stuff she talked about until she said she wanted to use the federal government to force companies to offer benefits her company offers. Way against any of my principles. I encourage everyone to read the book before they rate it. This book is not She had me until the very end. The book is well written and even empowering at some points. But then she started advocating for very liberal laws. The book overall was super liberal. This makes all the negative reviews even more ironical. I liked all the stuff she talked about until she said she wanted to use the federal government to force companies to offer benefits her company offers. Way against any of my principles. I encourage everyone to read the book before they rate it. This book is not meant for me but I still read it before I rated it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Davis

    Amazing gave me some pointers that I could use in my life

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