February 10, 2009 13:25 ET

Psychologist, Author, Philanthropist & Family Advocate Cheryl Saban, Ph.D. Seeks to Empower Women With Powerful New Book

Hay House Publishing to Release Motivational Book May 1st Featuring Insight From Celebrities, World Leaders & 'Regular' Women From Around the World; 100% of Author's Proceeds to Support Women's Philanthropic Funds

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 10, 2009) - In her upcoming book "What is Your Self-Worth? A Woman's Guide to Validation" (Hay House), psychologist, author, philanthropist and women/children's advocate Dr. Cheryl Saban, Ph.D. addresses the status of women in the U.S. and around the world, their cultural "value" and their self-worth.

In stores May 1 (English and Spanish versions), "What is Your Self-Worth? A Woman's Guide to Validation" is a powerful look at how society perceives women, how they perceive themselves and how women can adopt a personal mindset (Choosing happiness) that not only changes their own lives today but forces a global celebration of women with a futuristic objective of smashing stereotypes, ending oppression and advancing female-centric goals.

Dr. Saban's mission is to reach out and empower women and to encourage them to personally take control of their lives and happiness (whether a stay-at-home mom or a high-powered exec). While there are many self-help books, few focus on women's sense of worth and empowerment. Additionally, Dr. Saban's goal is to initiate a grassroots campaign with a global initiative of creating a step-change in the prosperity and human rights of women worldwide. The book is a "call to action" to encourage us all to take responsibility for the status of women everywhere, asking us to challenge accepted mores and practices through mentoring and philanthropy.

As a catalyst for positively changing women's lives and to kick off her action plan, Dr. Saban has formed the non-profit Women's Self-Worth Foundation, through which 100% of her author proceeds will benefit multiple women's philanthropic funds in the U.S. and abroad, many of them under the umbrella of the established Women's Funding Network.

"What is Your Self Worth? A Woman's Guide to Validation" includes insight from world figures, celebrities and "regular" women from around the world, including: Jamie Lee Curtis, actor, author and activist; Fran Drescher, actor, women's health activist and founder, Cancer Schmancer; Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designer; Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; Sherry Lansing, philanthropist and children's rights activist, former CEO of Paramount Pictures and first woman to head a major studio; Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator (D-CA); and more. The forward is written by Jehan Sedat, former first lady of Egypt, and Shimon Peres, president and former prime minister of Israel. The book has been endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, U.S. congresswoman (D-CA); Christine Grumm, president and CEO, Women's Funding Network; and Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO, Women For Women International.

Several charity partners are onboard to help promote her message, including to date Women's Funding Network, Heifer Foundation, Women for Women International, Cancer Schmancer, CARE, Plan USA, Saban Free Clinic and the International Women's Media Foundation.

According to research, 50 percent of our ability to be happy is genetically predetermined and 10 percent comes from environment. But a full 40 percent is by personal choice and intention. The happiness of women, however, is uniquely influenced by a world that pervasively and predominantly views women in the role of wife, mother, helpmate and nurturer. Masculinity is synonymous with authority.

As a successful professional, a happily married woman and a proud mother and grandmother -- as well as a woman who has experienced divorce, single motherhood and rape -- Dr. Saban's writings are personal, insightful and empathetic.

A "What is Your Self-Worth?" personal journal ($9.95 retail value) that encapsulates and personalizes the tasks and quizzes that appear throughout the book -- a road map, if you will, for each woman's journey -- will be available for free download in both English and Spanish (with purchase of the book) at

Says Dr. Saban, "Women are often the organizers and conductors of everyone else's happiness and contentment. We need to celebrate ourselves. When you accept and appreciate yourself as a whole, complete, irrevocably worthwhile person -- no matter your position in the food chain -- you have arrived. Women are pre-programmed by enmeshed cultural and societal influences. Evolutionary road maps needn't dictate all of your current behavior. We cannot allow antiquated stereotypes to challenge our very being because of the number of our chromosomes. A man is not a plan. Dependency breeds vulnerability.

"You can form new habits! You can find your voice! Unlearn a perceived lack of control over your life. Take strength in knowing that you are capable. No matter what your circumstances are at this very moment, realize you play a part in them. You can never turn back time, but you can move forward and start creating the life you want now.

"Women have helped change the world with their creative abilities by challenging perceived boundaries," sums Dr. Saban. "There is no limit to the goals you can attain, to the successes you can enjoy and to the art you can create. Our goal is not only baking the proverbial pie, but having a piece of it as well. And being mentors for future generations of young women and men."

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