Stacey Vanek Smith Talks Machiavelli for Women

Stacey Vanek Smith is an NPR journalist, the host of The Indicator from Planet Money, and a former reporter at Marketplace. She joined Aspen Public Radio's Brent Gardner-Smith live in studio on Friday, April 1, to discuss her new book, “Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace.”
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Lessons from Machiavelli

In her new book, “Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition and Win the Workplace,” NPR host and reporter Stacey Vanek Smith suggests a more realistic and pragmatic approach to the complexities that still exist in the workplace for women. Vanek Smith takes inspiration from the 16th century Italian politician Niccolò Machiavelli, whose book “The Prince” is renowned for encouraging a certain amount of cunning and scheming.
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NPR reporter Stacey Vanek Smith offers career tips in ‘Machiavelli for Women’

When asked to cite a philosophical role model whose wisdom becomes the foundation of a professional path and a personal inspiration, relatively few people would cheerfully nominate Niccolò Machiavelli, the Renaissance-era diplomat and writer whose book “The Prince” has become infamous as a user-friendly guide to unscrupulous and deceitful political behavior.
Daily Beast

Gucci Chronicler: Less Like ‘Dallas,’ More Like Machiavelli

“G isn’t for Gucci, but for guerra,” the Italian newspaper La Repubblica once reported. Guerra means war in Italian. In House of Gucci, her chronicle of the epic family saga, Sara Gay Forden agrees with the comparison, describing the dynastic Gucci conflict as one of “shifting alliances, sudden betrayals, and rapprochements widely characterized in the press as a ‘Dallas on the Arno,’ but actually more reminiscent of the entrance of Nicolo Machiavelli’s renaissance Florence.”

Machiavelli for Women: Stacey Vanek Smith

Stacey Vanek Smith has reported on business and the economy for over 15 years now, first for public radio's "Marketplace," and now as the host of Planet Money's daily podcast "The Indicator." Over that time, she's seen the same barriers blocking advancement for women in the workplace again and again. Recently, she's started to recognize that a lot of tools to move past those barriers can be found in the work of Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli. Vanek Smith lays out these solutions in her new book, Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace.

Idaho women have lost ground in the workforce. Maybe it's time to act like Machiavelli?

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “she-cession.” It refers to the incredible numbers of women who have lost their jobs during the pandemic—or been forced to drop out of the labor market to take care of children stuck at home. At the same time, many jobs are unfilled and employers are seeing their workers quit en masse. The power dynamic seems to be flipped—at least in some sectors.

Gennari: Machiavelli, women, and the art of talking back

For my daughter, a high school senior, this is the season for college tours, a return to more “normal” traditions, and a focus on planning for next year’s adventures far from home. She’s smart, irrepressible, a percipient writer, and possessed of a sharp EQ she inherited from her mother. So, as she grows into a fuller person in the broader world, I’m trying to distill and dispense as much advice as possible this year, much of it borrowed, some of it learned, all of which will be met, at least at first, with eye rolls and a polite, dismissive thanks. I know, I know… you have to pick your spots. Truer still, you have to choose great sources and examples.
Idaho Statesman

Lessons from Machiavelli for women on negotiating salary and breaking the glass ceiling

When Stacey Vanek Smith got her first job in public radio in 2003, she was making a salary of $35,000. She was ecstatic, until she learned that a male counterpart, same job, same experience, was earning $45,000. Another co-worker, a woman of color, same job, same experience, was making $32,000, aligning almost perfectly with national statistics on gender and race pay gaps.

'Machiavelli for Women'; Plus, 'What We Do in the Shadows'

Sam is joined by NPR's The Indicator host Stacey Vanek Smith to talk about her new book, Machiavelli for Women and how women in the workplace are still falling behind. Plus, actor Harvey Guillén on the new season of the FX show What We Do in the Shadows and not waiting for people to be comfortable with his "brownness, queerness and roundness" to be comfortable in his own skin.
New York Post

Why women should copy Machiavelli to get ahead

Niccolo Machiavelli isn’t generally the first name to leap to mind in a discussion of feminist icons, but according to a new book, he probably should be. “Machiavelli For Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition and Win the Workplace” (Gallery Books) by Stacey Vanek Smith, co-host of NPR’s “The Indicator from Planet Money,” argues that the 16th century political theorist has plenty to teach modern women.