A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Kim Lavine’s The Mommy Manifesto: How to Use Our Power to Think Big, Break Limitations and Achieve Success* (see This Guy’s Thoughts on Kim Lavine’s “The Mommy Manifesto”).
While reading the book, I thought that the book was written by a woman for women, that it would be cool to get a woman’s perspective on the book and perhaps a review. So, I asked Beth, a long-time reader of this blog and a friend of mine, if she would read and review the book for me if I sent her a copy. She kindly agreed and below is her review.
As you read this review, keep in mind that I am somewhat biased as a professional, successful, single mom…
As I began this book, I was irritated and wasn’t even through the introduction yet! Lavine implies that today’s system is one that penalizes women twice: once for the fact that we are women and once for those of us who are moms. I disagree strongly with Lavine’s initial statements. She refers to a ‘new’ system that differs from the current one in that it will not compromise “our need to be great moms.” I don’t feel that the current state of mind compromises my responsibilities as a mom, nor do I think current business ideals limit me in any way – as a professional or as a mom.
Lavine refers to the corporate world as a ‘glass ceiling’ for women; constantly limiting us to what we can achieve professionally, economically and personally, while allowing us to see all that we are missing. Again, I must disagree with her. I believe that high dollar incomes, professional growth and development, and personal attributes are a direct result of hard work by any dedicated person, male or female.
She refers to many statistics that can be disturbing to some, but you have to wonder if she’s sharing her personal anger or if she’s trying to motivate us (women AND men) to stand up and make decisions for ourselves, without allowing corporate business ideals to take charge.
I will, however, promote Lavine’s book because, once you get through the first few chapters, she gives a positive and motivational perspective to the audience. You have to read between the lines at times to understand what Lavine is trying to say. I did gain some inspiration from the book and Lavine reminded me that, “…attitude is the only thing that separates the winners from the losers.” You must remain positive, stand for your beliefs and never compromise your dreams if you want to be truly successful in life – personally and professionally.