May 2017 BOOK REVIEW by Sheila Lamonzs
Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World
AUTHOR: JOANN S. LUBLIN, of the Wall Street Journal
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable….Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. —-Martin Luther King
Joann S. Lublin could have had this thought in her mind when she began the exploration for this passionate chronicle, as this struggle continues to haunt womankind. Too many in this world are still in search of life, liberty, happiness and the desire to find one’s place in the world regardless of race, religion, gender. Incredulous is the word that surfaces when one begins to try to comprehend the magnitude of the divisiveness that swirls around us when the word equality comes to mind. Women, in particular, have borne this cross magnificently, with a strength and determination that never falters even as numerous hurdles continuously alter their journey in discovery of a level playing-field. Earning It is an inspirational guide that provides meaningful episodes which might assist in enabling them to forge on no matter the challenges that erupt along the way.
Ms. Lublin is management news editor for the Wall Street Journal, working with reporters in the United States and abroad. But the road to this prestigious position was fraught with uphill battles as has been the case with so many women in the corporate world. This book represents insightful incidents of more than fifty women who, in their struggle to attain that illusive pinnacle, encountered sexism, hatred, rudeness and a harshness that often provoked a feeling of insecurity and a lack of self-esteem. However, through perseverance, scholarly deportment and an unbelievable resilience, inevitably, achieved success. The author provides candid advice and practical solutions as to how one might reach their full potential without having to make unnecessary sacrifices such as losing a meaningful personal life. Each major chapter is followed with ‘bullet points’ to be highlighted and internalized.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the first of its kind to demonstrate social issues circling around the role of women in business. Although humorous, the point was driven home. Earning It supports these efforts and strives to maintain that being a woman should be an asset, not a deterrent. King also said: We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Ms. Lublin has given us continuous hope…we must respond by keeping the faith!