The Fix: The Invisible Barriers Women Face at Work
In the vein of #Girlboss and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, discover how to thrive at work from the head of the Global Innovation Coalition for Change at UN Women. For years, we’ve been telling women that in order to succeed at work, they have to change themselves first—lean in, negotiate like a man, don’t act too nice or you’ll never get the corner office. But after sixteen years working with major Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality expert, Michelle King has realized one simple truth—the tired advice of fixing women doesn’t fix anything. Instead, we should be focusing our solutions on fixing the workplace—which is, and always has been, designed for the ideal worker—men. Based on King’s personal research and exclusive interviews with major companies and thought leaders, she reveals why denying the fact that women are held back—what she calls gender denial—is the biggest obstacle holding women back at work. She outlines the invisible barriers all women experience throughout the three phases of their careers and examines the challenges this creates for men, expanding the current conversation on gender equity, and providing women, men, and leaders inside organizations with a clear set of takeaways to navigate these challenges, change the status quo, and ultimately create a culture of equality together.
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