Skirt! Rules for the Workplace
An Irreverent Guide to Advancing Your Career
By Kelly Love Johnson
(skirt!, Paperback, 9781599212234, 224pp.)
Publication Date: January 2008
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Only seven of the Fortune 500 companies have a woman as CEO or President, and nearly 20 percent of them don't have any women at all in upper management. In the bestselling tradition of "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office" and "Who Moved My Cheese, "Kelly Love Johnson lays out practical advice for career women who are starting out or who wonder why they're not moving ahead. This is the book every graduating senior, receptionist, and entry-level assistant will steal from her best friend. Johnson shows how speaking out, embracing change, and changing others' perceptions of working women can bring both personal and professional success. Chapters include: "The Alphas and the Betas: Personality Types," "A Feminist Says What?" and "Work Like a Girl." Using personal anecdotes, tried and true tactics, and a directory of resources and Web sites, Johnson shows readers how women can move ahead in the workplace just as well as men, as Ginger Rogers once said, "but backwards and in high heels."
Kelly Love Johnson got her first job at age fifteen, worked full-time through two college degrees, and earned her management skills badge by swimming with sharks and being thrown to the wolves. She hasn’t worn pantyhose or fetched coffee in ten years. She lives in Charleston, S.C.
"Want a fulfilling career? To be paid what you are worth? To get ahead without leaving your ethics in the garbage? Kelly Love Johnson wants you to do all that, too, which is why she wrote the skirt! Rules for the Workplace. It's savvy, strategic, and suitable wisdom for any office."--Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Manifesta, Grassroots, and Look Both Ways "In skirt! Rules for the Workplace, Kelly Love Johnson insightfully infuses the personal with the office political, provides you with a sharp glass cutter (for the glass ceiling) and a sturdy springboard (to jump the wage gap), and delivers a pantyhose-free kick to immediately take charge of your career."--Jeffrey Yamaguchi, creator of 52projects.com and author of Working For the Man: Inspiring and Subversive Projects for Residents of Cubicle Land. "A must read! Smart, insightful and oh so helpful, I love this book. Every woman--young and old--should read skirt! Rules for The Workplace. Why hasn't something this important been written before?"--Jane Porter, author of Flirting With Forty and Odd Mom Out "I picked up skirt! Rules for the Workplace thinking that this is a book my students need--and it is. But before I was halfway through, I realized that the book is for me, too. It's funny, feminist, and packed with practical suggestions that will make your work life better--and make the workplace in general better for women. I learned something or got useful encouragement on every page. Young feminists often ask what they can do to change the world. Johnson gives them a set of skills they can put into practice immediately."--Alison Piepmeier, co-author of Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century and director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston "This book has many good tips and is a worthwhile read!"--Marion E. Gold, author of Personal Publicity Planner: A Guide to Marketing YOU and Top Cops: Profiles of Women in Command