Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth
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Prompted by her own experience as co-host of Morning Joe, Mika interviewed a number of prominent women across a wide range of industries on their experience moving up in their fields. Mika shares the surprising stories of such power players as presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, comedian Susie Essman, writer and director Nora Ephron, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, television personality Joy Behar, and many others. Mika also gets honest answers from the likes of Donny Deutsch, Jack Welch, Donald Trump, and others about why women are paid less, and what pitfalls women face — and play into.
Knowing Your Value blends personal stories with the latest research on why many women don’t negotiate their compensation, why negotiating aggressively usually backfires, the real reasons why the gender wage gap persists, and what can be done about it.
Written in Mika’s brutally honest, funny, and self-deprecating style, Knowing Your Value is a vital book for professional women of all ages.
78-year history—told me a similar story, but from the perspective of a boss. Brown is a friend and mentor, and a regular on the show. Our lives are a constant swirl, and in order to get a few moments to talk about the subject of women and compensation, we had to seize the moment. I ended up sitting down with her in a cold dressing room in between segments on Morning Joe. She had her coat on, ready to run to the airport and catch a flight, but she took the time to think aloud on this issue and
magazine, the leading lifestyle magazine for women of substance and style, is a great promoter of women. She is a wife and mom, and she is also a friend and mentor. She tells me, “If you talk to a lot of women as you’re doing this, you’re going to hear a lot of women use the word luck. I hear executives all the time say, ‘I’m lucky to have gotten here, I’m lucky’ ... I can’t even tell you how many successful females, CEOs of companies, will say ‘I just got lucky.’ But if you think it’s just luck
can only be powerful when she doesn’t need the money, otherwise she can’t be powerful. You can’t push somebody and say, ‘This is what I want.’ If you really need it and they let you go, what are you going to do?” But Suze, how many women who ask for raises don’t actually need the money? Orman responds, “What I’m saying is, the time to go in and ask for a raise with confidence is not when you have credit card debt, it’s when you have an eight-month emergency fund. You also have to have a plan.
that foresight. There are not many of his kind in television news. He fought for us and protected us from unnecessary tweaking from upstairs. Before long, Morning Joe’s future was looking bright, but mine still wasn’t. The network brass weren’t convinced that I was the right cohost. They gave me a new contract and moved me from freelance into a staff position, but the money was barely better, and I was not formally assigned to Morning Joe. That meant I had to be available to work for any and
real. We hide nothing. It all shows: the effects of exhaustion (and Ambien), all our moods and emotions. I knew anger wouldn’t rate. I would have to find a way to be happy, or at least at peace. I had taken a tremendous risk in accepting this job. I didn’t have financial security, and my career was hanging in the balance. On top of that, I was working with a man who refused to follow a conventional path. Some called him a rule breaker. But I knew he was actually a game changer. That same