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Through the trials of working through the ranks of the UN, before equality on the grounds of gender was legislated, Dame Margaret Anstee tells a rich and vibrant story of her relentless quest for social development and world peace. It is decorated with richly told anecdotes that sometimes defy belief and are at other times hilarious, her sense of humour is as evident as her sense of justice. Mostly, I take with me her patience and fortitude w This is a truly inspiring story of a life well lived.
Mostly, I take with me her patience and fortitude with working with all the limitations of the UN. Absolutely fascinating woman who did ground breaking work for the United Nations in many of its key areas of activity throughout the 20th century. The book is a bit of a slog at times as there are so many acronyms and committees and people with incredibly long bames and job titles. But Margaret Anstee herself is fascinating, very articulate, very passionate about international development and a thoroughly self-made woman with an incredibly impressive career.
The title appealed to me too. When I w Absolutely fascinating woman who did ground breaking work for the United Nations in many of its key areas of activity throughout the 20th century. When I was in 6th form studying for A levels, I got a bit disillusioned and decided I would leave and go to the tech college and learn shorthand and typing so I could be an executive secretary.
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When I announced this to my dad he very cleverly asked if I wouldn't prefer to be the person dictating the letters, rather than the one typing them. I stomped off, furious at his impeccable logic. Thirty-odd years later I have A levels, a degree and a post grad diploma. I did learn to type, with the advent if computers it was a useful skilll, but only much later. I don't claim a career as interesting or with as much global impact as Margaret Anstee's, but it is engaging and has suited me much better than typing someone else's letters.
A fascinating insight into the life of the first woman to reach the rank of Under Secretary General of the UN. Although the book does get a bit bogged down in the detail of UN reform at times, the personal aspects of Margaret Anstee's life and her first hand account of what went on behind closed doors during many recent historically significant events are absorbing. And it wasn't just her professional life that was progressive - as a single woman in a man's world in an era when women gave up the A fascinating insight into the life of the first woman to reach the rank of Under Secretary General of the UN.
And it wasn't just her professional life that was progressive - as a single woman in a man's world in an era when women gave up their jobs when they got married, she defied any number of social conventions. Interesting read - probably a 3. A truly inspiring and wonderful read about the remarkable life of Margaret Anstee.
I admired very much the author's passion, wit and drive to breaking barriers for women. In particular remarkable, her work ethic and how she kept going, following her own truth and values despite pressure and critics. Uklipa rated it really liked it Mar 11, Helen Gracie rated it it was amazing Apr 09, Jane rated it it was amazing Oct 11, Helen rated it really liked it Aug 15, Ami rated it really liked it Nov 12, Verity rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Greg Minshall rated it really liked it Nov 23, Aisha rated it really liked it Nov 07, Erin rated it really liked it Nov 06, Joanna Wilson rated it it was amazing Feb 28, Kathryn rated it liked it Jul 30, Jane Eyre rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Susan Harrison rated it liked it Apr 19, Nat rated it really liked it Sep 12, Ms M N Edwards rated it it was amazing May 01, Laura Gegiu rated it really liked it Jul 10, Solveig rated it it was amazing Aug 28, Amalie rated it it was amazing Mar 04, ECL rated it liked it Nov 21, Lula added it May 16, Jim marked it as to-read Apr 06, KEP marked it as to-read Jan 07, Ann marked it as to-read Jul 21, Linda added it Jul 25, Fifi marked it as to-read Aug 10, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 20, Thomas Watling marked it as to-read Apr 14,