I have mixed feelings about this book, but ultimately I think it’s worth a read.
It’s great to find a book that focuses on how to integrate career, family and life. I like that the authors don’t talk about “balance” and that instead they advocate following a middle (i.e. orange) line that is between the “green line” of focusing on career to the detriment of everything else, and the “red line” of stepping completely off the career path.
The book introduces the idea of the orange line and a set of assumptions that they think most women make about their careers and home life. They also provide a set of core skill sets for living an orange line life. Then they show how those assumptions play out at different stages of women’s careers, and how you can apply the skill sets to that career stage. Assuming you fit one of their defined career stages, you can focus just on those sections of the book, making it a quick read.
The skill sets are definitely my favorite part of the book. They include developing self-awareness, building a support system, and expanding your universe, among others.
Unfortunately, the tone of the book makes me a little crazy. The authors mean to be empowering, but lines like “while organizations may have offered a hostile environment, it was actually the women who held themselves and each other back” strike me as overly simplistic and a “blame the woman” approach. I agree that most of us do have limiting beliefs that are getting in our way, and it can be very helpful to become aware of those beliefs so we can question them. But calling those beliefs the “feminine filter” suggests that all women share these same beliefs and that they are intrinsic to being a woman.
So my recommendation is that you pick up a copy if you feel like you aren’t living an orange line life. Take the ideas that are helpful to you, and ignore some of the over simplifications and ideas that don’t fit with your world view.