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Monica E. Pierce
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Leaning Out: An Alternative Perspective for the Modern Corporate Woman
Today’s professional women are tired of feeling pressured to Lean In and Have it All. Women’s Equality isn’t about getting more of us into the corner office or the boardroom. It’s about having the freedom to choose our own path. But mainstream messages have lost sight of this and turned our pursuit of professional achievement into a directive rather than a choice. As a result, many women of our generation are now chasing after careers and accomplishments that we may not truly want, all at the cost of our families, our health, and our happiness. Instead of striving to have it all, it’s time to have just what we want. In this refreshingly honest book, self-proclaimed “average” working woman, Monica Pierce: • shares her own story of how her professional ambition changed once she admitted she didn’t actually want to “have it all.” • highlights thought-provoking connections to scientific, philosophical, and social concepts that explain why so many of us are reluctant to Lean In. • offers plenty of insight and practical tips to help you right-size your life. Leaning Out is a must-read for women who are tired of today’s one-sided messages and looking for an alternative perspective.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10


Idea: What’s wrong with just wanting a quietly fulfilling life rather than limitless accomplishment and success? Absolutely nothing, Pierce suggests in this compassionate and thoughtful guidebook. Pierce encourages readers to think differently about their wants and needs rather than buying into platitudes relating to outmoded definitions of achievement.

Prose: Pierce’s prose is warm, yet authoritative, as she both draws from her professional and personal experiences, and provides intriguing reflections on what it means to be a woman who embraces selfhood over climbing the corporate ladder.

OriginalityLeaning Out is truly refreshing in its focus on redefining happiness and fulfillment for modern women.

Character/Execution: Pierce will be strongly relatable to her core readership. Women who have found themselves at odds with societal (and even self-driven) expectations and their true desires, may breathe a sigh of relief that they are not alone.

Date Submitted: October 05, 2020