Imagine a sisterhood - across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don't know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best...
So begins WE: an inspiring, empowering and provocative manifesto for change. Change which we can all effect, one woman at a time. Change which provides a crucial and timely antidote to the 'have-it-all' Superwoman culture and instead focusses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change which provides an answer to the nagging sense of 'is that it?' that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night.
Written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel - two friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying again - WE is a not a theoretical treatise but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose.
Combining tools which are practical, psychological and spiritual, it is both a process and a vision for a more fulfilling way of living. And a truly inspiring vision of a happier, more emotionally rewarding future we can all create together.
An exclusive introduction to WE by editor Carolyn Thorne:
WE is a transformative book full of hard-won wisdom for women. Its guiding principle is the concept of self-care: that in order to enact change in the wider world, we need to love and support ourselves and each other as women. As the authors succinctly put it: ‘It serves no-one if we run on empty, if you care about the world and want to make a difference your first act needs to be to start caring for yourself. If you are being good to yourself that will actually serve other people better as you will grow strong enough to lift up others.’
As women, we have so many different roles to play and responsibilities to juggle that it is a miracle we sometimes don’t just collapse under the weight of it all. We are bombarded with messages that we need to try harder and strive for more all the time. Where does that pressure come from? Are our work/life structures the right ones to support us fully? Or are they outmoded, dated and importantly designed not to fit us, but men? What we as women really do need is another way to lead our lives. A way that is less egocentric and individualistic – more compassionate, kind and community based. This is a book that will see you move on a journey from Me to We.
WE is a fascinating combination of passionate polemic, case studies borne out of Gillian and Jennifer’s personal experience and a very practical guide. Inside the book are meditations, reflections, affirmations and other tips for creating a new way of understanding yourself – all of which have been tried and tested by the authors, the very practices they see as instrumental in setting women on a path towards greater fulfilment and happiness.
The time has come to stop Leaning In and pretending we are Superwomen – the time has come to embrace a new way of living, to embrace WE.
− Carolyn Thorne
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 32 mm