Bonny Robinson Cook’s memoirs, Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Traveling the World
and Other Adventures is not only entertaining but it is a realistic depiction of what
it was like for a woman to be successful in corporate society during the second half
of the 20th century and beyond.
At Xerox Corporation, Bonny climbed the corporate ladder with tenacity, determination and
an insatiable desire to achieve...The information contained in Bonny's book can be of
enormous help to other brilliant women wanting to achieve unbounded success in corporate America.
--L. K. R. Frear
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When Bonny Cook was growing up in Connecticut she wanted to be a school teacher,
and she didn’t want to hear about any other possibilities. Actually, in 1960,
the career possibilities for women were pretty much confined to teacher, nurse
or secretary—or getting married and becoming a housewife.
When Bonny graduated from college in 1962 she went to California and taught for
four years. She became disillusioned with teaching because of bad principals,
quit, and shoehorned her way into becoming a business computer programmer, a job
that had only recently been created. After gaining several years of experience
she joined Xerox Corporation, and eventually worked her way up to vice president.
Bonny did this against the background of the women’s movement, which started about
1960. She was one of the pioneers as she broke through the so-called glass ceiling
that prevented women from rising to high positions in the business world. She and
others like her paved the way for young women of today, and made their climb easier.
The story of how she did it is interesting and exciting, and contains not only history,
but also tips for today’s people in the workforce, whether female or male.