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In What I Told My Daughter, entertainment executive Nina Tassler has brought together a powerful, diverse group of women—from Madeleine Albright to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg—to reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments betweeIn What I Told My Daughter, entertainment executive Nina Tassler has brought together a powerful, diverse group of women—from Madeleine Albright to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg—to reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments between parent and child.A college president teaches her daughter, by example, the importance of being a leader who connects with everyone—from the ground up, literally—in an organization. A popular entertainer and former child star urges her daughter to walk in her own truth, to not break glass ceilings if she yearns to nurture a family as a stay-at-home mother or to abandon a career if that’s her calling. One of the country’s only female police chiefs teaches her daughter the meaning of courage, how to respond to danger but more importantly how not to let fear stop her from experiencing all that life has to offer. A bestselling writer who has deliberated for years on empowering girls, wonders if we’re unintentionally leading them to believe they can never make mistakes, when “resiliency is more important than perfection.”Contributors include: Geena Davis, Cecile Richards, Dolores Huerta, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Peggy Orenstein, Debora Black, Ayelet Waldman, Pat Benatar, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Susan Love, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandra Pelosi, Marie Osmond, Dr. Juliet Garcia, Jehan Sadat, Ph.D, Joanna Kerns, Madeleine Albright, Gloria Estefan, Nannerl O. Keohane, Jennifer Dulski, Dr. Marcia McNutt, Pamela Fryman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brooke Shields, Laura Bush, Mona Sinha, Gloria Allred, Joy Marcus, Judy Vredenburgh, Sharon Osbourne, Beverly Johnson, Michelle King, Dr. Karen Antman, MD, Dr. Amy Antman Gelfand, MD, Mary Steenburgen, Kimberley Hatchett, Cheryl Saban, C. Noel Bairey Merz, Alex Guarneschelli, Dana Walden, Mia Hamm, Margaret Abe-Koga, Roma Downey, Chirlane McCray, Blythe Danner, Sheila Bair, Ruth W. Messinger, Norah O’Donnell, Donna de Varona, Nancy Josephson, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Jeanne Newman, and Christine Baranski.In a time when childhood seems at once more fraught and more precious than ever, What I Told My Daughter is a book no one concerned with connecting with a young girl can afford to miss....

Title : What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women
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What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women Reviews

  • Michelle
    2018-12-09 10:51

    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest reviewA mother’s advice is beyond the greatest gift that can be bestowed to a child. It is honest. Raw. And most importantly, it’s comes from the heart. And in this beautiful book by Nina Tassler, she has gathered a collection of essays/entries from successful women around the world. Each entry is a recollection of a pinnacle moment shared between a mother and daughter and what lessons, hopes, and dreams that they wished their daughter to achieve.In this inspiring collections of essays from celebrities, reporters, singers, athletes, politicians to everyday working mothers, Ms. Tassler has made a statement of empowerment, beauty, and love. A mother’s love is something that can’t be explained. It is a love that captures every essence of hope, dreams, and truth. This book is uplifting and unapologetically beautiful as each entry, readers can feel the love radiating through the pages. Though each mother may have different wishes for their daughter, but each essay is meant to navigate their daughter to the right path that was meant for them. I love reading a book that is honest, raw, and inspiring. And reading this book made me a little sentimental as it made me recall memories from my mom. Each lesson, message, and words written in this book was out of pure love. This book sent a powerful message that regardless if you are a celebrity or not, we are a gender that needs to encourage one another and be supportive. So if you are looking for a book that inspires, teaches, and encourages young women that nothing is impossible, dreams are meant to be fulfilled and with hard work and dedication, the future is endless then I would highly recommend you to read What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women. Review can also be found on Four Chicks Flipping Pages: http://fourchicksflippingpages.weebly...

  • Yvonne Rogers
    2018-12-18 08:51

    This was certainly worth reading but some of the stories were better than others. There were some good lessons and ideas filtered throughout for sure but some of the stories were just harder to relate to. I do wish there were some average Mothers infused in the book to offer a diverse perspective as most of those sharing their stories live a life of privilege.

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2018-12-11 06:55

    What I Told My Daughter is a compilation of short narratives written by various female leaders and celebrities to empower and educate the next generation of women. There are actors, politicians, athletes, musicians etc - including Geena Davis, Pat Benatar, Marie Osmond, Whoppi Goldberg, Sharon Osbourne, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Laura Bush, Aylet Waldman, Mia Hamm ... the list goes on. These are women from many different walks of life who impart life lessons, based on their own experiences - both professional and personal - that they wish their own daughters to learn.The book touches on several different topics facing todays girls and young women. Overall it has an empowering feel that encourages girls so that they grow into strong, well-adjusted young women who are happy with their own individualities, quirks and strengths. I admit to enjoying some narratives a lot more than others, and even glossing over some of the stories that didn't engage me. Part of the reason that I didn't connect with the authors was due to the fact that I didn't recognize many of their names.Overall, this was a good read but not quite as inspiring as I was hoping for. I applaud the fact that women are sharing their struggles and triumphs - in the home, within the workplace or in the world at large with the next generation of women. I like its message about finding your own voice and what makes you an individual and fostering that difference but this was not a riveting, 'can't put it down' kind of read for me. That said, What I Told My Daughter tries to encourage and advise the next generation of women to be proud of the the strength innate in all women if we are only make/take the opportunity to shine.My Rating: 3.5/5 starsDisclaimer: My sincere thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.** This book review, as well as hundreds more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ( where I also share my favourite 'tried and true' recipes. **

  • Amy
    2018-12-11 07:51

    What I Told My Daughter is a compilation of 50 some essays from women in positions of leadership about how they raised or the advise they gave their daughters. It was a quick read with some familiar names (Nancy Pelosi, Laura Bush, Whoopi Goldberg, Madeline Albright, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, etc.) and some less familiar ones. Some of the essays were excellent and moved me, some were generic, some seemed pointless. I was most surprised by Whoopi Goldberg's. What eventually grated on my nerves was the lack of diversity within this book. While there is racial/sexual orientation "diversity", the women all seem to come from a similar, driven, Type A mold and their advise or experiences ends up sounding quite similar. Their work spans several career areas, but almost all the women are activists of some sort, and the vast majority lean liberal. They all seemed to come from the same social set, and even reference each-other occasionally. It would have been nice to see more diversity of opinion or life experience.The essayists also discuss situations most people don't have to deal with, such as the paparazzi or flying across the world for work. The love these women have for their daughters shines through, but it isn't really worth it by the end.

  • Julia Kehoe
    2018-12-16 06:41

    I rolled my eyes at this book when my mom first asked me to read it, but I ended up really valuing the insight from these women, especially as I do my own job/soul searching right now.

  • Jocelyn Rubinetti
    2018-12-02 06:49

    Some of the essays were 5 star. Some were 1. Overall it was an ok read. There were stories and advice that will stay with me as I raise my girls. I'm grateful to have books like this.

  • Josilyn
    2018-12-09 08:56

    Perhaps I'm simply too young to truly appreciate the insights from this collection of essays by a wide variety of female "leaders", or perhaps I am unable to relate fully since I'm not a mother myself and most of my life is still ahead of me. However, I found the majority of these essays falling flat of their intended purpose. Most of them ended up running together because they all spouted the same generic surface-level themes without much depth or specific advice that could truly connect and drive the point home. A good number of them weren't even about the so-called advice that these mothers told their daughters, instead becoming a veiled way for these mothers to brag about how amazing their daughters are- and, to be fair, these girls probably are. Although I know that Tassler purposefully approached those she deemed as leaders, I noticed that most of them were considered leaders because they were executives or star athletes or founders of companies and charities. That explains why so many of the essays were similar in theme. I think it would have been a lot more interesting if Tassler included women from other working backgrounds instead of just those who attended a prestigious school and became doctors, lawyers, and executives. Maybe a suggestion for the next book?

  • ✿Ivy Roots✿
    2018-12-07 12:45

    Quick and enlightening read.

  • Author Groupie
    2018-12-12 06:52

    Perhaps the universe is trying to tell me something when a dear friend gifts me Nina Tassler's What I Told My Daughter, and I also receive a copy in the mail to review. So, read I did. A work of nonfiction, Tassler along with Cythia Littleton act as editors to more than fifty essays written for their daughters by women who have created success in their lives.What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler NonFic NG Read Mar 2016The essay which initially drew me in was "Dear Eva" written by Rabbi Sharon Brous. She was told at her daughter's birth that ". . . having a child is like wearing your heart outside your chest" (19), and I can completely relate times two. Rabbi Brous continues with the importance of her daughter knowing ". . . one nearly universal thread, across ethnic, cultural, and geographical boundaries, is the oppression of girls and women" (20). Thus, having the knowledge which may not be so apparent in one's own community is key to creating an inner need to want to somehow make a difference, even a little, in the world.Author Ayelet Waldman in her essay, "Be Nice to Fat Girls," further instills in her daughter the need to speak up for not only herself, but for others as well. Because of hollering moral advice while running alongside her daughter Sophie's bus years ago, Waldman's daughter remembers to always be kind, inclusive, and generous. When as a teenager, a group of boys in Sophie's high school create a competition on social media to find the "ugliest" girl in their eyes to ask out on a date, Sophie heads straight to the administration ". . . demanding justice on behalf of this girl and all girls subject to this environment" (37).Most like to shy away from any controversy even if it is at the cost of a child's well-being. As Dr. Juliet Garcia discusses in "The Wall," many people during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing chose to run for safety as quickly as they could. However, some chose to run towards the explosions in order to see how they could help others. Dr. Garcia notes, "There is always much to learn from these moments, but chief among them is that the toughest battles in our lives are those we learn from the most. They are the ones that make us surface our courage" (72). Amen, Sistah!Dr. Madeline Albright in her essay "Role Reversals," writes how the balancing act between work and home became more difficult as her career advanced, but ". . . the worst pressure . . . came not from my daughters but from other women" (83). In the same manner, I have felt pressure for choosing to stay home with my daughters. After taking nearly four years to conceive and then spending time in the hospital both before and after the births of both of my daughters, I knew I wanted to savor every minute with my girls if given the opportunity. While doctors still attempted to adjust my medications in order to control my blood pressure postpartum, I had people asking me, "When are you going back to work?" My thought to myself was always, "Well, my baby just left the neonatal unit, and I need to make sure I'm not going to croak first."Further passages I have marked with Post-Its come from Sharon Osbourne in "Privileges," with " . . . never have a sense of entitlement, [do] not judge others, be accepting, tolerant, and always open-minded" (150). Michelle King In "Simply Irresistible," tells how her daughter stood up to a bully and what she learned from the experience, we ". . . need tough, self-confident young women willing to smack the bullies when they get out of hand" (161). And, Roma Downey's "Love Is a Verb," brought tears to my eyes while reading. Downey summarizes her offerings:The lessons learned are at times painful. Loss is real, parents pass away, and hearts break, but the truth is that love never dies, not really. Love lives on through us. Not just in our memories but through our actions and the choices we make. In the way we live our lives we can make a difference. (212)A thoughtful gift for any woman, not simply a woman with a daughter, or man, Nina Tassler's What I Told My Daughter is a must read.

  • Viv
    2018-12-02 13:39

    Not only did I not enjoy the book but I also became progressively annoyed. Firstly the title is slightly misleading. It should have just been called "what I told my daughter" and leave out the subtitle about empowerment. For the sake of accuracy a lot of what these women told their daughters is basic parenting mixed with crap that doesn't empower. And sure every mother is proud of their daughters but seriously what many of these kids achieve is due to access to their parents wealth, connections (to become the next gen of actresses themselves) and private schooling etc All stories are from women in the public spotlight. It comes off sounding like they are doing something spectacular to make a difference, when in fact with fame comes responsibility and except for a few of the women, the majority in the book are doing very little. Most average women on a daily basis break stereotypes as bus drivers, construction workers etc yet they are not celebrated in this elitist book of la la land women. Like seriously, the author includes the account of a woman who breeds children uncontrollably then dumps them on armies of nannies, and labels this neglect as "sacrifice" made by her children to further her career. Hello! When a child has no choice it's NOT a sacrifice, it's irresponsible neglect. Why have kids if u cannot nurture them? Part of empowerment is bonding with ur kids and empowering them with love to grow into secure adults! This story was the anti-empowerment! A lot of what is said is a given that majority of mothers do - telling their children they can be anything they want when they grow up. Hardly a revelation.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-30 05:33

    There were a lot of things I really, really liked about this read - a) that you could so tangibly feel the love and pride radiating through each and every story, b) that the lessons and examples women shared were often small, everyday moments (conversations in the car, things happening at school, etc.), and c) that after each essay I felt the ache of "am I doing enough? How can I do more/be better/help empower others/create or contribute to an environment that empowers others?" At the same time, there were definitely stories or essays that didn't resonate with me as much (although that may also reflect that I tended to read the essays in clumps and that sometimes made the messages or themes feel repetitive). I also felt like there were times I couldn't connect with these women given their lifestyles/life stage/resources available as a result of their careers...on the one hand, this comment kind of misses the point because the stories these women shared are universal and relationship-/conversation-/lesson-based, but there were a couple times that I felt like the context around the story was somewhat distracting and hard for me to get past (which probably says more about me than anything else). Definitely a collection I'll return to MANY times in the future though! And I so deeply hope that I'm more and more able to incorporate these lessons into my daily life now and better support the women around me.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-29 10:43

    It was fine. A collection of short-term, personal essays that share a lot of stories but don't say a whole lot. This book is cute, but many of the essays aren't relatable and don't give you much of a reason to call your own mother and say "I just read about ______, which reminded me about the time that we did _______." It was often sweet, but more often redundant.

  • Kaitlin
    2018-11-20 10:42

    I devoured this fantastic book of essays. It had powerful insights into the world of feminism and heartfelt mother-daughter stories from the most successful women in politics, medicine and film. It should be a staple on the bookshelf of the modern feminist and the lessons are beautiful and full of nostalgia.As a side note, I couldn't put it down. I finished the book in less than 24 hours.

  • Darcy
    2018-12-14 09:39

    A book of letters and essays written by women to or about their daughters, some of which were poignant, some of which were uplifting, and all of which reminded me how lucky I am to have a daughter. Worth a read (and it is a quick one at that).

  • Shari Suarez
    2018-11-17 11:46

    An inspiring look at powerful women and how they are raising the next generation of empowered women.

  • Brian Beatty
    2018-11-29 13:35

    As a single dad, I thought this might be a source of inspiration and ideas in how to relate to my daughter so I can do a better job and be the best dad that I can be for her. I'm sure there are things I can't anticipate or easily relate to as a man, so anything I can do should help.But I don't feel like I got much out of this. Many of the stories were either too personally specific or just impossible to relate to. I think it would have been more inspirational to read advice from a greater variety of women, not just entrepreneurs, media personalities, and a small number of doctors. I understand that the author knows more people in these fields, or local to Los Angeles or NYC, but why so few strong women politicians (only Albright), or activists or intellectuals/academics outside of medicine? Reading how much Gwyneth Paltrow's mother admire her daughter is a great example. Gwyneth Paltrow is an exemplar of how a wealthy person can't relate to the challenges of middle class people, and reading about her as an example really soured it for me.

  • Eileen
    2018-12-18 07:38

    This is a good concept. Here is how it could have been better: the message for our daughters (about equality, fairness, perseverance and hard work) is also a message for our sons. The essays were too short, 1.5 - 2.5 pages on average, mostly by women in the entertainment world. If I were editing this book, I would been more selective in the voices sharing their stories, the essays would have been lengthy, and I would have included women from all socio-economic walks of life. I did enjoy the essays by Nancy Pelosi and her daughter, Alexandra, as well as Woopie Goldberg.

  • Alka
    2018-12-07 08:43

    One could of course draw many lessons, inspirations, perspectives from the book and apply them to ones own parenting. However most of them were sanctimonious so I, for one, would find it very difficult to retain and reproduce at appropriate time. The essence, though, is something common to most of us so no surprises there as such. One should read such stuff once in a while so as to gain some confidence regarding being on the right path broadly

  • Spela
    2018-11-26 11:52

    Meh... I really wanted to like it. Some good stories, some... not so much. Great to get some insight into a number of women who have accomplished a lot in a number of different fields. Yet - and this is not a critique of this book, as I am a strong believer that nothing can be everything to everybody - but I think it would be great to read a book about what less privileged mothers tell their less privileged daughters.

  • Laura
    2018-12-01 06:48

    Worth a read or a listen. This book has short anecdotes from powerful women (American business women, politicians, actors, athletes) about interactions or observations of their daughters. Nothing went particularly deep, but I liked the variety of experiences and backgrounds of the settings. On a side note, a disproportionately high number of the contributors had a daughter named Ava.

  • Marta
    2018-12-08 13:26

    These short essays written by prominent women to or about their daughters are both moving and entertaining. RBG, Mia Hamm, Geena Davis, Gwenyth Paltrow’s mom, Cecile Richards, and two generations of Pelosis not to mention lawyers, doctors, elected officials, educators, activists, faith leaders and others all contribute their unique voices and experiences. This book was an inspiring delight.

  • Tracy
    2018-12-10 06:39

    This was a 3.5. I've read some of these lessons in a magazine a while ago. I thought some of the stories were more about what the woman writing had accomplished rather than what she told her daughter, but perhaps those were cases of actions speaking louder than words. Not a bad book to read to see what women can accomplish.

  • Virginia Van
    2018-11-27 11:36

    Essays by powerful and influential woman about how to raise daughters so that they can be leaders of the next generation. While interesting as single magazine articles, it all became a bit of a muchness as a book.

  • Bruffaroo
    2018-12-14 09:42

    It's a collection of essays from prominent women to/about their daughters. I enjoyed most of the stories, though some were definitely better than others. Still a good read for this mother of two daughters.

  • Christina Cosio-futch
    2018-11-18 10:49

    I wanted to like it more than I did.

  • Numberbox
    2018-12-18 13:31

    Whoopi Goldberg's piece was most memorable

  • Megan
    2018-11-30 10:40

    Great life lessons for all children spoken from the hearts of high achieving women.

  • Cheyenne
    2018-11-29 05:45

    Thanksgiving 2017 read

  • Maggie
    2018-11-22 05:36

    good but pretty uneven--some essays were fantastic, some were fairly boring, and others were just poorly disguised name dropping.

  • Veronica Grupico
    2018-11-21 11:34

    I wish there was more diversity in what each had to say...but I did enjoy reading it.