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Great for young women but not for me!
on 5 July 2010
I was initially disappointed while reading Beyond the Boys' Club, as Doyle-Morris outlines the challenges women face in the workplace in a very matter of fact way without providing any solutions. However, as she often repeats, this is a book about dealing with the real world rather than an ideal one.
I would have liked more inspirational examples from the life stories of the women that she interviewed. Although she quotes from a number of successful women these are dotted about the book in small doses and we never get a feel for who these women are or what they have achieved in their lives.
That said, the book is packed full of practical advice and examples from her own life experiences on how to "play the game" of work, and she highlights effectively why it is so important to firstly understand the game that the "boys" are playing, and secondly to join in.
While I would have liked to see more feminist angst and hope for a model of work "beyond the boys club" this book is a practical how-to guide which I'd recommend to young women just starting out in their careers who still presume that in work, as in education, they will be rewarded for working hard and doing well. If only it was that simple!