“Today, most societies still focus on full-time, 9-to-5, employer-driven work. But more and more people (millions of them) are finding ways to define their own work/life balance. This is not a book about people who drive fancy cars, frequent swanky nightclubs, or measure their worth in extravagance…it is a book about women triumphing over a system that traditionally pays them far less than men. Workplace independence does not need to be reserved for a wealthy elite…Our increasingly connected world makes this type of work possible for everyone. As the contributors in WOMENTALITY will attest, it isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.” —Erin Wildermuth, editor, WOMENTALITY (from the Foreword)
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” —Maya Angelou
WOMENTALITY: Thirteen Empowering Stories by Everyday Women Who Said Goodbye to the Workplace and Hello to Their Lives (ISBN: 978-1-94110-84-3; Trade Paper; 212 pages; October 8, 2019; $17.00) is a collection of powerful, personal essays by enterprising women from around the world who came to the same realization: work shouldn’t have to be painful and demeaning. Armed with an internet connection and plenty of creativity and ingenuity, they prove that it is possible to redefine the 9-to-5 work paradigm and create a flourishing career that is flexible and fulfilling outside the corporate structure.
The thirteen women—from diverse countries such as Uganda, Venezuela, Poland, Palestine, and the Philippines—approach independent work in different ways but are all motivated by the same impulses—to escape the drudgery of office life, to have control of their time, and to enjoy the freedom of working for themselves. Importantly, many discover that—outside of the office—it is possible to triumph over global pay disparities that favor men.
WOMENTALITY is not a book about people who do not work—on the contrary, these women work hard and their stories illustrate how they overcame challenges to achieve their goals—whether they sought freedom to travel, to spend more time with the family, escape demeaning office politics, or simply to control their career.
The essays in WOMENTALITY prove that a life of independence is not reserved for elite, American workers. It is possible for anyone. As Amelia Earhart said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is mere tenacity.” The contributors to WOMENTALITY are proof of this: they made the tough, risky decision to take control of their lives and careers. Escaping the 9-to-5 life isn’t easy—it takes guts and persistence—but as these women prove—and inspire, by example—it is absolutely worthwhile.
WOMENTALITY: Thirteen Empowering Stories by Everyday Women Who Said Goodbye to the Workplace and Hello to Their Lives, edited by Erin Wildermuth; Trade Paperback Original; 212 pages; ISBN: 978-1-94110-84-3; October 8, 2019; $17.00
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About Editor Erin Wildermuth
Erin Wildermuth is a freelance writer and travel vagabond with a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Her thesis concentrated on how the digital divide impacts global decision making and international labor markets. She has been intent upon shedding light on how global trends and technological advances can help people rise from economic exploitation into economic independence ever since. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, American Spectator, and Scuba Diver Magazine. She personally left the 9-to-5 in 2011. Within a year she had moved to Thailand and quit her job to work as a freelance underwater photographer and videographer. She lived in Thailand for three years and has since built a successful career as a freelance writer. She currently lives in Annapolis, MD.