“Own It: The Power of Women at Work” by Sallie Krawcheck

Cover of 'Own It', featuring Sallie Krawcheck sitting on a small ladder in black heels and a red, sleeveless dressBook: “Own It: The Power of Women at Work” by Sallie Krawcheck
Published by Crown Business
Genres: Biography, Business, Feminism, Nonfiction
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Rating: 3/5
Source: Blogging for Books (received for free in exchange for an honest review)

A Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Bestseller, Own It is a new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have.

Weren’t women supposed to have “arrived”? Perhaps with the nation’s first female President, equal pay on the horizon, true diversity in the workplace to come thereafter? Or, at least the end of “fat-shaming” and “locker room talk”?

Well, we aren’t quite there yet. But does that mean that progress for women in business has come to a screeching halt? It’s true that the old rules didn’t get us as far as we hoped. But we can go the distance, and we can close the gaps that still exist. We just need a new way.

Forget about “empowerment”. Women have power, we just have to learn how to use it. Own It reminds us of the definition of “empower” and all related words. It challenged me to rethink my idea of needing it.



give (someone) the authority or power to do something.

This book details the necessities of women in the workplace and how men cannot create successful businesses without including women in the core decision-making. We see things they don’t, foresee what they fail to consider, feel things they forget to acknowledge.

I liked this book, but reading it was a bore. I’m not one for biographies unless there is some highly relatable edge to them. Own It made me look at women in business—and the importance of women—differently, but I’d have preferred there be more entertainment in the book.

If Bill Nye can make science fun, I like to think business could be a fun topic.

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