Dr. Marilyn Mehr

The Courage to Achieve: Why America’s Brightest Women Struggle to Achieve their Potential

by Betty Walker, Ph.D. and Marilyn Mehr, Ph.D.

What these women have to say is enlightening, provocative, explosive—and distressing. All of the women, regardless of age, socio-economic status, or race, shared the common denial of their special intelligence and abilities. Being bright was either considered a negative characteristic or was simply not an issue in their life decisions.

What makes The Courage to Achieve so vitally pertinent for women today is that it is not just for the so-called “bright” female, but for every woman who feels that she is underachieving. The key to changing this situation is what the authors call Active Engagement requiring both courage and risk. Whether her satisfactions are found in the home or the research lab, the boardroom or the schoolroom, a woman must make her choices out of desire, not default. As Dr. Walker says, “It is the courage to act that gives a woman the courage to achieve.”

Selected Works

Biography/Memoir
Two women--psychologists, professors and activists--love each other fiercely, but struggle against the invisibility and/or scorn of American society. As social activists, they must overcome their exile and have the courage to confront prejudice and live honest lives. These lessons hold for all women, men and their families. (purchase on Amazon.com. Barnes and Noble.com and Bootlocker.com)
Historical Fiction
Holding the World Together is a captivating adventure, a touching love story and an evocation of the American West.
Memoir
by Marilyn Mehr, Nancy M. Snell, Judith M. Olson, Dennis R. Mehr

The book reveals the pain, personal growth and insights of adult children witnessing the loss of their cherished father deteriorating before their eyes.
Nonfiction
by Betty Walker, Ph.D. and Marilyn Mehr, Ph.D.

Based on the first study ever done on academically gifted women and their life patterns of achievement. This is a ground-breaking work for and about women that is a blueprint for reaching one’s maximum potential.

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