Oftentimes, especially for women, happiness is reduced to a series of “ifs”—If we go to college and become a degreed professional. If we marry someone respectable and buy a house in a picturesque neighborhood. If we become the proud parents of two children. If we land our dream job, get promoted, or make partner. Sound familiar? It’s a sentiment that resonates with many who face the unrelenting stress of hustle culture. 

Ashley Jordan, author of the forthcoming feminist memoir Unhappy Achiever, is no stranger to feeling this way. The struggle to escape society’s gender standards remained a constant in her life for decades. Like many other ambitious, hard-working women, Ashley believed she could attain the perfect life if she just accomplished everything she was expected to. As it turned out, even after becoming a licensed attorney, feminist activist, mom, and well-published journalist, she still felt incomplete. Like many others facing burnout, it was not until Ashley reached a breaking point that she decided to reject the “good girl” image once and for all.

In this breakout memoir, Ashley profoundly suggests that many of us are victims of reaching for what we believe are milestones necessary to inner fulfillment. In reality, this only leads us to hide behind masks of achievement to buffer against the world and protect us from pain—masks that prevent us from finding true fulfillment. Covering topics that range from friendships to career to marriage, Ashley speaks directly and fervently to the thousands of women who are also ready to walk away from the unrealistic mirror of perfection. In a culture where our hard-earned achievements are never enough, this book could not arrive at a better time.

Unhappy Achiever by Ashley Jordan releases on April 16, 2024, and will be available wherever books are sold.

About the Author:

Ashley Jordan, J.D., is an author and speaker. Ashley has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, Teen Vogue, and more. A former attorney, she lives in Milwaukee with her three children.

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