By Laura Bladow • October 16, 2013•Ms. JD, Ms. JD Book Reviews
Women Who Don’t Wait In Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani is just the right mix of inspiration and research with practical applications for pursuing your ambitions.
Jump the Line – The main message of Saujani’s book is that women spend too much time playing it safe, when they should be stepping up to take risks and lead. All too often criticism and a fear of failure prevent women from taking big risks and achieving big payoffs. Saujani asserts that women need to set the criticism aside and find confidence in themselves to jump the line. The fear of failure also has no place as an obstacle. In fact, Saujani believes we should celebrate it. Her firsthand experience of jumping the line to chase her passion in a run for Congress and facing the resulting defeat provides an inspiring example of how valuable failure can be. After all, there is always something to be gained from even the worst possible outcome. There are no more excuses to keep women from pursuing their passions; as she says in the book, “The time for waiting is over.”
A Call to Action – Women Who Don’t Wait In Line is much more than a personal narrative. Saujani brings together research and stories from other powerful women to highlight what is holding women back and how a lack of women in leadership positions is harmful to business and society as a whole. It’s our responsibility to drive this change. First and foremost, “We must really look at ourselves and explore what holds us back individually and examine how we may consciously or unconsciously be holding one another back.” Ultimately, women must come together and support each other in pursuing not just gender equality, but our individual passions and goals. After all, “We can be anything, and being a woman has very little to do with it.”
I highly recommend taking the time to read Women Who Don’t Wait In Line. No matter where you are at in your career, this book provides valuable encouragement, and more importantly, it outlines a roadmap for women to begin changing the world today.
Laura Bladow serves as Ms. JD's Programs Manager. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Political Science. She lives in Washington, DC and is interested in international law and politics.