Category Archives: Wonder Women

Everyday eBook: The Quest for Perfection

Everyday eBook reviewed Wonder Women, offering a concise explanation for the ways in which Debora Spar has entered the conversation with Sandberg and Slaughter, while offering Spar’s own, unique opinion and perspective.

HuffPost Women: On Being Wonder Women

Allison O’Kelly, founder and CEO of MomCorps, wrote her own review and take on Wonder Women for HuffPost Women:

Bloomberg: For Barnard’s Spar Breasts Symbolize Tough Choices

Zinta Lundborg, of Bloomberg News, sat down with Debora Spar to talk about decisions she has made throughout her career. Read the full interview here:

Huff Post Women: Forget About Controlling Your Thighs

Huff Post Women blogger, Linda Flanagan, reviewed Wonder Women on October 23, 2013; she called the book “a refreshing acknowledgement of the impossible expectations women carry around with them, starting in adolescence and extending into old age.”

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Book Review: The Washington Post

Megan McDonough, contributing author to the Washington Post, reviewed Wonder Women on October 11, 2013, calling the book “an interesting and powerful observation on the evolution of feminism.” Read the full review here:

PBS Newshour: How the Impossible Quest To “Have It All” May Set Women Up for Disappointment

Debora Spar was featured on PBS’ Newshour. Watch the full video, and read some follow-up information, here:

Huffington Post: Debora Spar, Barnard President, Says Women Can’t Have It All — And Shouldn’t Even Try

Debora Spar recently visited the Huffington Post to speak on HuffPost live TV. But Spar also sat down with Lori Leibovich, and talked about her work, her life, her family, and why women need to stop trying to have it all. Read the full article here:

A Book Event and Open Conversation With Debora Spar: “’Having it all’ is just a really bad phrase”

Wonder Women, on display at Politics and Prose bookstore, in Washington DC

Wonder Women, on display at Politics and Prose bookstore, in Washington DC

On September 25th, the Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Washington, DC, hosted an open to the public in-store event to celebrate the release of the latest book from Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, entitled Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection. Guests were not only able to receive a signature on their copy of Wonder Women from President Spar, but also given time to ask questions, make statements, offer ideas, and spark the types of necessary conversation that Debora’s new book calls for.

Outlining a vision of feminism for the 21st century, Wonder Women integrates President Spar’s personal experiences with research of gender equality in the workplace. The structure of the book, Spar explained at the event, “follows the course of a woman’s life.” Ultimately, Spar urges women to acknowledge how “their lives unfold differently than men” by recognizing gender expectations and pressures, and then taking a realistic approach to opportunities and obligations in life.


Debora Spar spoke to a full crowd at Politics and Prose Bookstore, in Washington DC

Questions and answers at the event spurred a heartfelt and productive discussion covering a range of topics. One teacher in the audience questioned how Spar would defend the need for an all-women’s college. President Spar responded by incorporating data sourced in her book; she explains, “in the top tiers of pretty much any [professional] sector, the number of women in the positions of power maxes out at somewhere between 15 and 20%…there fundamentally is a need for women’s colleges.” Another question asked at the event touched on Debora’s intentions to be a role model for the students at Barnard, to “personally demonstrate the reality” through her own life for her students. One audience member commented after hearing President Spar on the radio, “her message is resonating and I want to hear more.”

Interested in attending a similar event and hearing more as well? Check out information on the book tour here.

Debora Spar, signing books for Barnard College alumnae

Debora Spar, signing books for Barnard College alumnae

The Columbus Dispatch: Wonder Women: “Having it all” might be a quixotic quest

The Columbus Dispatch reviewed Wonder Women on September 22, 2013. The reviewer, Margaret Quamme, said that, “Spar’s is a sensible, good-humored voice for examining one’s unconscious beliefs and stepping away from the search for perfection.” Read the full review here:

The Globe and Mail: Debora L. Spar on the shackles of the liberated woman

The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto, Canada, reviewed Wonder Women on September 20, 2013; calling the book “intelligent and reasonable.” Read the full review here: