No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power
by Gloria Feldt


Seal, 2010. ISBN 978-1-580-05328-0.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 02/22/2011

Nonfiction: Cultural/Gender Focus; Nonfiction: Active Life

In No Excuses, author Gloria Feldt examines the repetitive pattern of women who come to power, only to relinquish it. I found her analysis of women and power and examples fascinating. She coins these "pieces of the resistance." Feldt does a great job explaining to the reader how she can change the way she thinks about power, by taking her through an understanding or the pattern, redefining and unblocking power, and overcoming fear. Feldt presents the nine "tools" in wonderful detail, with examples.

No Excuses motivates and challenges women to break the cycle of giving up their power. And I have to admit that after reading No Excuses I feel empowered to embrace the power that is mine to affect positive change—personal and professional. I feel that my "compass" has been realigned.

I'm a big fan of the how-to book. I like advice laid out in neatly packaged segments, making it easier for me to remember and follow, if I desire to do so. No Excuses is a terrific how-to.

If you're a woman, I advise you to read this book and discover what you need to unlock the power to, for anything in your life. You can do it!

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Gloria Feldt is a nationally renowned activist and author. A teen mother from rural Texas, Feldt served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, from 1996-2005. Feldt's passion for bettering women's lives remains her driving force as an independent commentator on women's issues, politics, media, and leadership. Feldt teaches "Women, Power, and Leadership" at Arizona State University and serves on the board of the Women's Media Center. Learn more on her website.

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