ALL ABOUT SUCCESS FOR THE BLACK WOMAN by Naomi Sims

ALL ABOUT SUCCESS FOR THE BLACK WOMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sims, at any rate, speaks her own mind. A big achiever--the first black fashion model, a cosmetics manufacturer, the author of other, less ambitious guides for black women (on health, beauty, health care)--she nonetheless firmly maintains that black women are ""last hired and first fired"" so their credits must ""glow where others' must merely illuminate. . . ."" (For a different appraisal of the business prospects of black women, see Davis and Watson's Black Life in Corporate America, p. 773.) Sims' specific advice to the upwardly mobile black woman has some unusual features too. She recommends, for example, that college graduates list education before experience on a rÉsumÉ, and place a career-goal statement between the two. And she tells black women not to reveal in interviews that they want to be CEO someday, since ""prejudice still prevails."" But she's also realistic about mentors: they'll probably have to be men, and might misconstrue advances--so it's best to establish a broad spectrum of support (including black professional organizations). And would-be entrepreneurs are cautioned that Sims herself doesn't like to start up a new venture without at least a year's capital at hand. With predictably expert pointers on looks and deportment: an interesting amalgam of diverse topics.

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 1982
Publisher: Doubleday