3 out of 4 stars
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A Woman’s Guide to Surviving in a Man’s World by Anne Covey is an enlightening nonfiction book describing the experiences of the author in the business world. Covey was faced with gender discrimination and harassment on an almost daily basis while working as a financial advisor. The ‘Good Old Boys’ she encountered throughout her career preferred to leave the glass ceiling firmly in place and allow women into the boardroom only to serve the coffee. When faced with an intelligent and successful woman, they became defensive and condescending. Rather than encourage a co-worker to succeed, they chose to throw obstacles in her path.
Covey excelled in her position as a financial advisor. She regularly received awards and acknowledgements for her abilities. However, her immediate supervisors and co-workers saw her as a threat in the male-dominated industry. They sabotaged her work and stole her clients from her. Their actions were unprofessional and threatening. Yet, when their supervisor was another “Good Old Boy,’ there were no punishments or negative repercussions for them.
This book took an honest look at the experiences of women entering a workforce dominated by men. I wish I could say the author’s experiences were unique, but women experience similar condescending and inappropriate actions today. The glass ceiling is cracking, largely due to people like Anne Covey, but it is not broken. Certain industries are still dominated by men. I appreciated the author’s descriptions of her experiences. She told her story honestly and noted when she thought she could have said something or done something differently. My favorite part of the book was when the author provided advice to other women who are entering the workplace. Her advice was helpful and incorporated what she learned during her career. There was nothing I disliked about this book.
The author used the term ‘Good Old Boys’ frequently throughout the book. This term did not relate to all men. She was very careful to clearly describe the type of men that sabotaged her. She also noted when men were professional and worked with her during her career. These men did not fit into the category of ‘Good Old Boys.’ She made that fact clear to the reader. It is important to note that this is not a book critical of all men. Covey focuses on the unprofessional and unacceptable actions of some men who fall into the category of ‘Good Old Boys.’
I would like to give this book a perfect score due to the vivid descriptions of the author’s experiences and the advice she gives to other women. However, I saw more than ten errors in the book. For this reason, I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to women entering the workforce who are having negative experiences. This book will show them that they are not alone in having these experiences and may provide the advice needed to overcome obstacles. I also think men could gain an understanding of the negative experiences some women have in the workforce.
A Woman's Guide to Surviving in a Man's World
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