Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Traveling the World, and Other Adventures


Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
174 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2016
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Author Biography

When Bonny Cook was growing up in Connecticut she wanted to be a school teacher, and she didn’t want to hear about any other possibilities. Actually, in 1960, the career possibilities for women were pretty much confined to teacher, nurse or secretary—or getting married and becoming a housewife.

When Bonny graduated from college in 1962 she went to California and taught for four years. She became disillusioned with teaching because of bad principals, quit, and shoehorned her way into becoming a business computer programmer, a job that had only recently been created. After gaining several years of experience she joined Xerox Corporation, and eventually worked her way up to vice president.

Bonny did this against the background of the women’s movement, which started about 1960. She was one of the pioneers as she broke through the so-called glass ceiling that prevented women from rising to high positions in the business world. She and others like her paved the way for young women of today, and made their climb easier.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Traveling the World, and Other Adventures by Bonny Robinson Cook is about the adventures of Bonny Cook in her own words, where she encourages readers to enjoy their work and personal lives and become interesting people. The author's story depicts how a woman can succeed in her career and also juggle work and home effortlessly. The book chronicles her journey up the ladder at Xerox Corporation, and also has interesting tips for men and women alike on how to become more successful at work. Her uplifting story is definitely an inspiration for all young people out there; especially women on how to break the glass ceiling which has prevented them from reaching the top and achieving success in the corporate world.

I found the author's story and words encouraging and interesting. The book also guides many women on how to handle their careers and break into positions considered to be the male prerogative in the work place. Her story and experiences are realistic and tangible, and will reach out to readers in a big way. The author advises youngsters not to limit themselves as there are many opportunities and new jobs are created all the time. The author motivates readers to live, make their lives more exciting, and not lead a boring life. The author's enthusiasm to live life, travel, and be successful is infectious and her words will definitely make it easier for young women to climb the ladder of success at their work place.