The Mona Lisa Stratagem
The Art of Women, Age, and Power
by Harriet Rubin
Using the concept
of an ageless Mona Lisa, Harriet Rubin encourages women to take
advantage of reaching age forty-five and beyond. Rubin contends
that women gain power and attraction as they reach this pivotal
point in their lives. Conversely, she says that men tend to
lose these powers that come to women who no longer face the need
to take care of children, to be beautiful, or to meet the
demands of a husband.
many biographies to illustrated how women attained greatness in
this span of their lives. She did not elaborate on whether
men made or did not make, great contributions during a similar time
outlines the ten tactics women may want to follow in order to achieve
whatever their goal might be. The women she cites in her examples
used one or many of the tactics to achieve their goals. Each
of the stories she detailed contained a great deal of information
and spoke of women in history who used one or more of the tactics
to achieve greatness.
At times it
was hard to determine exactly what a woman was supposed to do with
each of the tactics. Being an audio version, it was difficult
to review tactics that been mentioned earlier in the book.
By taking their
time and choosing the tactics that best fit their lives, many women
can get the encouragement they need to continue a useful and productive
life at a time when many women feel their time has come and gone.
I didn't agree with all the tactics but then I am not a woman.
An enjoyable listen.