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Feb 19 2018 - 03:48 PM
Next Cafe Collection

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.

(ps how amplification helped women in Obama’s White House and why I give Jo the h/t)

Below are some books for inspiration:

  1. The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family by Madeleine Kunin

  1. Babygate by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, & Elizabeth Gedmark

  1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

  1. Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Alice H. Eagly & Linda L. Carli

  1. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

  1. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao

  1. Against Meritocracy: Culture, power and myths of mobility by Jo Littler

  2. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich

  1. Women, Work, and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities by Bahira Sherif Trask


  1. Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do by Karen Bogenschneider

  1. The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict

  1. That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman

  1. Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang

|By: Kaitlin Kehnemuyi|1475 Reads