It was a time when men went home every night to the little woman.
It was a time when most little women weren’t even aware that the roof over their heads was a glass ceiling.
And it was time for Charlotte Schiff-Booker to say:
GET OUTTA MY WAY.
This is the coming-of-age story of a single mom of three boys. It is a life story, a love story.
A singular woman’s experience with history, melodrama, sex, and glossy high society in a fast-moving plot—set against a backdrop of the quintessential American industry: television, primetime broadcast television, and the budding of cable television into a billion-dollar industry.
CHARLOTTE WAS ONE OF ITS PIONEERS.
This is an American story about the power game.
Charlotte led a life of celebrities and kings of industry, glittering parties, sexual passion, sweet romance. Famously, she was a warrior on the front lines for the rights of women, civil and political rights, human rights, free speech. It was a life of "the first woman to..."
A BIG IMPORTANT LIFE.
A social revolutionary in the great struggles for human rights and a player in practical telecommunications.
She played a key role in revising New York State rape laws to make conviction of perpetrators possible. She testified before Congress on obscenity and the just-then created phenomenon, PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION.
She rose to the top of the cable television industry as Bill Paley’s right-hand (wo)man. And when he retired, she was pushed out.
Undeterred, Charlotte started a cable television consultancy and became even more respected and successful. And then a near fatal accident. When her mind began to come back, she asked herself, “What does it mean to be the key that started this engine?"
"NOT A DAMN THING."
An American Jewish woman's journey
The arc of this memoir is a uniquely American Jewish woman’s journey where she must pierce the veils of the male mythologies about her place in the world of ideas, visions, and customs, be that home, the bedroom, the office or the board room, and against all the “you can’t go there” non-sense.
GET OUTTA MY WAY.