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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Every so often someone asks “if you were to come back in another life, what would you like to be?” Answers range from being reborn as animals to plants to being the opposite sex. That last reply is what Stephanie Battaglino experienced when, after living as a male for over 4 decades, she revealed her true self, a woman, to her family, friends, and co-workers. Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling details Stephanie’s life before and after her transition: what she shares in this eye-opening read, though often sad and intimidating for her, offers an important message of hope for others like her, along with a justifiable request for understanding from the rest of us.
The book’s description gives a comprehensive look at its contents. What it cannot do is help you, the reader, fully experience Stephanie’s mental and spiritual journey: it wasn’t an easy one. To experience that, you must read this book! Readers who enjoy straight narrative will be comfortable with the author’s style ie. there’s not a lot of dialogue. That’s because Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling isn’t fiction. It’s a memoir, yes, but it’s so much more: it offers a rare insight into how different things are for men and women in the corporate world doing exactly the same job and hoping for advancement. Bottom line? The situation is improving but it’s still very much a man’s world!
The other important insight readers obtain is an unbiased view of just how difficult society and corporate cultures are making it for people like Stephanie to land fulfilling jobs. There are so much misunderstanding and pre-judgment and so much work yet needed to correct the situation. But thanks to people like Stephanie Battaglino who have chosen not only to “come out” but to write and speak about their experiences publicly, there is hope that one day both genders will indeed enjoy equality on the many, still so unbalanced levels. Stephanie, thanks for enlightening us all. The world needs your book.