On June 23, 2016, fifteen WIB-RTP members met at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for a lively and exciting discussion of the featured book, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know, by Joan C. Williams and her daughter, Rachel Dempsey.
Williams (Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law), and Dempsey (a student at Yale Law School, who blogs for The Huffington Post on women’s issues) describe four patterns that shape gender bias in the workplace: Prove It Again, the Tightrope, the Maternal Wall, and the Tug of War. Each pattern represents different challenges and requires different strategies.
This research-based guide for working women provides indispensable solutions, real-life anecdotes, and concrete strategies to mitigate the effects of gender bias. The strategies presented in this book are practical tools for women from the cubicle to the corner office, be they shy or assertive, juggling a family or single. Hence, women of all ages and professions can benefit from reading this book. It is a must read for everyone committed to creating gender-fair workplaces.