What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know
Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey
Study after study reports that implicit bias is still pervasive. But few books ask: how can women effectively navigate careers in workplaces shaped by subtle bias?
In What Works for Women at Work, mother-daughter team Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey look through a multi-generational lens at the varied experiences of women in the workplace. The authors identify four patterns of gender bias that they repeatedly encounter in their research, providing insights into gendered office politics and reporting on strategies highly successful women have used to counter each of the patterns.
Hailed by Forbes Magazine as 'solid career counsel for anyone looking to move up,’ What Works for Women at Work is also a rare occasion when women of color were asked how their experience of gender bias is shaped by race. Providing insights into gendered office politics as well as plausible solutions, the result is a research-based “how-to” manual for any woman trying to figure out what concrete steps she can take upon realizing something’s gone wrong in her career. Whether she hasn’t advanced as fast as male counterparts, is told she needs to be more of a team player, feels undercut by other women, or is marginalized by motherhood, What Works for Women at Work can help her understand why and what to do about it.