h/t to Jo for that awesome article “Women, this is How We'll Win.” In the “great minds think alike” world, the next cafe collection is going to focus on women in the workplace. The #metoo and the #timesup movements have raised the issues of sexual assault, harassment and inequality and exposed what women often deal with in the workplace. From simple slights to full-out harassment, ask women about them and most will have a story. While these recent movements have brought attention to these issues, make no mistake. Women were having these discussions prior to this moment - they happened in quiet hallways, in bathrooms, in bars after work.
Let’s ask all the questions and bring up all the topics that lead to inequality for women in the workplace. April 4th marks the day that women have to work until to make as much money as men did the year before. July 31st marks the day women of color have to work to in order to make as much money as a white man did the year before. Part of solving the challenge of inequality is having the conversations about childcare, and health, and pay parity, things that will improve the workplace for everyone, not just for women.
What are the books that you read that opened your eyes and made you ask “Why can’t we have that?” “Why do we have to put up with that?” I read Jessica Valenti’s Full Frontal Feminism and realized how conditioned I am to be afraid of walking alone. My step-mom read Lean In and decided to write an article exploring female leadership in international academia. As women are not monolithic, neither are the books that shape us and shake us. I would love to hear and add your suggestions, by Monday February 26th, to this collection.
Below are some books for inspiration:
Babygate by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, & Elizabeth Gedmark
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Alice H. Eagly & Linda L. Carli
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich
Women, Work, and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities by Bahira Sherif Trask
Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do by Karen Bogenschneider
The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict
Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang