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Why This Book Matters:
Sheryl Sandberg’s international bestseller shines a light on the gender inequality that still exists and shows women how to address it and move past it to achieve their ambitions.
- Despite significant progress, it is important to be aware that gender inequality still exists
- Women are still discriminated against, and many aren’t aware of the ongoing bias.
- Example: In the 1970s, women made $0.59 to every dollar men made. In 2010, women still only earned $0.77 to every dollar men made.
- Women are noticeably absent from leadership positions
- Whether it’s due to childhood learned bias or motherhood, many women tend to be less committed to pursuing leadership positions.
- Example: Only 4% of Fortune 500 company CEOs are women even though women outperform men in pre-professional academic settings.
- Talk openly with others about inequality to work together towards a solution
- Discussing gender inequality often identifies opportunities to help close the gap.
- Example: Professors who know that women are less likely to raise their hand in class may call on an equal number of males and females in order to level the imbalance.
- Fake confidence until you build it naturally
- Many women are plagued by the “imposter syndrome,” where they believe their skills are inferior and thus hold back in areas where career progression requires confidence.
- Example: Research shows that women consistently undervalue their contributions.
- Navigate your career like a jungle gym instead of treating it like a ladder
- The notion of “career ladder” is becoming antiquated, as many people change careers many times in their lives.
- Example: The author was once considering a job at Google long before the company had made a big impact. Rather than looking at whether the position would be a step up on the career ladder, she looked at the growth potential of the company.
- In professional settings, women are often forced to choose between being liked and professional achievement
- Because of ingrained stereotypes, women have had to be ambitious without appearing pushy.
- Example: Women often must approach salary increase negotiations in terms of the team’s success instead of speaking of what she’s accomplished on an individual level.
- Equality is just as important at home, too
- Home obligations should be equally balanced.
- Example: Working moms spend 40% more time on childrearing than men do.
- Women shouldn’t assume that having children will prevent them from being able to take on the professional roles they aspire to
- It is possible to balance both work and motherhood, so don’t let up on your goals.
- Example: Many women have let opportunities for career advancement pass them by in anticipation of motherhood.
- It’s impossible to have it all, so make sure to prioritize what’s most important
- Make time for what’s most important, as striving for perfection in every aspect of life will lead to burnout.
- Example: Make sure to go to a child’s game but accept that the house may not be perfectly clean.