Darling, You Can’t Do Both: And Other Noise to Ignore on Your Way Up by Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk should sit highlighted and dog-eared on every working mom‘s desk.
Consider this the field-guide for ambitious women determined to have successful, full careers where motherhood is a asset not a roadblock.
At times, it’s brutally honest about the realities professional women face even in our modern world, but it’s undoubtedly hopeful and full of real strategies for changing our corporate cultures.
Kestin and Vonk know what it takes to succeed in a man’s world. The pair spent 13 years as Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto. On their rise to the top, they faced managers, colleagues and clients who doubted their abilities.
In fact, the title comes from a conversation with a manager who suggested to Vonk that she shouldn’t have children if she want to ascend in the field.
But this isn’t just a compilation of tales of injustices. It’s pages are filled with sage advice, actionable tips and ‘rah rah’ that will embolden your spirit and remind you, that, dammit, you are an amazing, smart and capable woman who will not be stopped.
I am woman hear me rooooar! 👷♀️👩🍳🕵️♀️👩⚕️👩🏫👩🏭👩💻👩🔧👩💼👩🔬👩🎨👩🚒👩🚀👩⚖️🙋
Pick up your copy (and a few to hand out to your #momsquad) at your local book store or amazon.