A reader from Brooklyn, New York , August 23, 1998
Smart, sharp how-to life design for women--and men, too.
Gail Blanke has boiled her Lifedesigns course down into a smart, even dramatic
book that tracks a class of female students trying to change their own lives. Blanke,
a former Avon executive, fully acknowledges the glass ceiling and disheartening
statistics about women's pay scales--but reminds the reader that statistics tell us
about the past, not the future. Unlike a lot of motivational books, Blanke talks openly
about racism, sexism, and workaholism, but the tone is positive, even uplifting. She
urges the reader to see even the skeptics who mock her "wildest dream" as
potential allies. The book employs exercises--both written and physical--for getting
you into action, ranging from writing down your dreams--to throwing out 50 things.
Bottom line is, it works. Since I've started working with the book, I've begun to take
better care of myself--and get my work out into the world.