Lean Out: How to Dismantle the Corporate Barriers That Hold Women Back
Why Women Still Fall off the Corporate Ladder
Despite all the talk of diversity and empowerment, women are still falling off corporate ladders like never before. Although women have been graduating in equal numbers to men for almost 40 years, they remain absent in the highest levels in public and private corporations. While individual women go about seeking work-life balance, board members and executives scratch their chins wondering why things are not changing for women.
What many leaders do not know
Academics have been studying these issues for years and know exactly why women are not advancing and what's really holding them back. They know that woman face significant barriers and biases, they know that many expensive diversity reports are collecting dust on shelves and they can't understand why their data remains hidden.
This book is a synthesis of this research, written in plain language. It not only describes the 20 main barriers that women face but also provides 20 specific strategies to be used by any organization wishing to advance women, including:
- don't fall for the pipeline theory
- stop telling women to lean in
- notice the absurd expectations we place on women
- don't expect women to be mini-men
- reject outdated stereotypes
Unlike other books that urge women to work harder and smarter, this book focuses on the corporate playing field consisting of the corporate model, workplace cultures and out-dated mindsets.
If we really want women to succeed we must stop asking women to change and instead start tackling the very real barriers that are holding women back.
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