In Her New Book, Sallie Krawcheck Asks, 'Why Do We Have to Play a Man's Game?'

Sallie Krawcheck is a well-known Wall Street powerhouse and her new book pays tribute to women striving for her same successes in the industry. After all, if women do control 80 percent of spending, shouldn't we "own it?"

That's the idea behind the book's title, "Own It: The Power of Women at Work," where Krawcheck illuminates the idea that women simply have more options today than in years past — what we can do now, we couldn't ten years ago, she makes very clear.

But Krawcheck's roles — serving as Sanford C. Bernstein CEO, and later as president of the global wealth and investment management division of Bank of America – were no easy feats.

"As one of the very few women on Wall Street, I can tell you that sometimes I was more successful because I was a woman and sometimes less successful because I was a woman. I saw things differently," she said in an interview with MAKER Zainab Salbi for Women in the World.

Thus, she encourages her readers to "play their own game as women." It brings up everyday setbacks that women face in the workplace — ranging from owning failures, to better owning the power they already posses.

"Women control five trillion of investable assets... We had our power all this time but we did not always use it," Krawcheck said.

The book also calls out the still male-dominated Wall Street for maintaining that momentum, according to Women in the World. Krawcheck brings to light how much progress has already been made, but also notes that diversity needs to be made more of a priority.

"If you look where business is going, the quality of what women bring is more valuable," she said. "If we are not treated well, we have the power to change things."

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