We're through week one of the book tour, and I think we both feel elated and exhausted and –our buss word–empowered. We just had a book signing this weekend at Politics and Prose, and had a terrific crowd. Our kids and families took up a lot of space, and made for a raucous evening, but we had actual book buyers there too. Was particularly touched that Andrea Mitchell came to cheer us on! But what I most love about the events with crowds–and not just a tv camera–is that the audience is so engaged. We've had so many women, and men, asking about generational differences, gaps in resumes, confronting employers, juggling sick parents and children and a job–I think it's clear we've started a conversation that needs to take place. And it is so wonderful to see women (and men) buying the books for their daughters or daughters-in-law. We want the next generation to have it even better. It's a natural instinct.
We had a fabulously jazzy party at Diane Von Furstenberg's last Thursday night–talk about a woman who is changing things. In addition to wanting the world to look good, she's focused on making it a better place for women with a number of critical women's organizations including Vital Voices. She's an inspiration. And in addition to our wonderful relatives, friends and colleagues who stopped by, including my sister and our ever-supportive husbands–we got some high-profile support from Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, Deborah Roberts, Elizabeth Vargas and Kate Snow–moms and dads all, who get this issue very well. But most important, we had a number of the women in our book, whom we profiled, make the trip to NY from places as far as Kansas City and Minneapolis! That was a real treat.
And that's the point of this conversation and movement we're trying to start. We want to hear from all of you out there about your experiences. We've had more than a hundred comments and questions about our stories last week–and I'm going to try to post them and answer them bit by bit here over the next few weeks, and use them to start a real discussion. Please weigh in–here, or at www.womenomics.com. Let us know how your work life works for you, and whether your company is ready for Womenomics.