What Works for Women at Work

Women must shrewdly manage office politics because, unlike their favored male counterparts, they must cope with gender bias. Hastings College law professor Joan C. Williams and her daughter, Rachel Dempsey, thoroughly explore this unavoidable truth in their intelligent manual for working women. The duo interviewed successful women from a variety of fields and identified four patterns of gender bias: “Prove-It-Again!, The Tightrope, The Maternal Wall and The Tug of War.” They describe each pattern and how it affects working women. Then, they offer strategies to mitigate the effects of gender bias so you can cope with this unavoidable, but not unconquerable, blockade. LetsRead recommends their tactics to working women everywhere.

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