Helping Ourselves to Power book cover

Helping Ourselves to Power

A Handbook for Women on the Skills of Public Life

A self-help manual for women in the skills of entering politics, the aim of which is to encourage women to enter the arena of public life and to provide them with the theory and tools for practice to increase their confidence. The advice given will be of immense use to women everywhere, ranging from the very practical - how to write a press release or survive speaking in public - to detailed discussion of how a political party conference might be organized. Exercises for individuals and small groups are given to enable the reader to practice each of the skills covered.

Audience
For anyone involved with women's studies, politics, women's organizations.

,

Published: August 1986

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-033889-7

Reviews

  • ...Sue Slipman's book is essential for individuals, self-help groups and anyone with responsibility for training women...The book is well written, well organised and easy to read...Any woman wanting to be an effective member of her community should buy 'Helping Ourselves to Power'. I hope that it turns up in a lot of school libraries and Christmas stockings as well - it gives a superb opportunity to aunts, mothers, godmothers and best friends to subvert the male establishment.
    Feminist Forum, Volume 10, Number 2


    Worth buying for yourself or group.
    Women Helping Women
    ...Some women have already started on the road to public life. Hundreds more would join them, if they only knew how, or where, to begin. This is the book they need...full of ideas, examples and suggestions...Sue Slipman's book is essential for individuals, self-help groups and anyone with responsibility for training women...well-written, well-organised and easy to read...Any woman wanting to be an effective member of her community should buy 'Helping Ourselves to Power'. I hope that it turns up in a lot of school libraries and Christmas stockings as well - it gives a superb opportunity to aunts, mothers, godmothers and best friends to subvert the male establishment.
    Women's Studies International Forum, Volume 10, Number 2
    Ms Slipman writes in a refreshingly honest and unpompous way with a judicious mix of amusing anecdote and serious information, so that Helping Ourselves to Power with its exercises at the end of each chapter could be very useful on the level of manual training, especially in a group situation.
    Gillyan Ford for Link Up

Contents

  • Introduction: Women need power. Public life: What is and where to find it. Women in public life: Where are we? Assertiveness skills. Negotiation. Meeting skills. Public speaking. Making your mark at conferences. Getting your message across to the public. Becoming a candidate. Conclusion: Strategies for power. Further reading. Index.

Advertisement

advert image