Women in Business
From shattering glass ceilings to having it all, these guides
constitute a go-to playbook for today’s working woman.
BY REBECCA VNUK
Beyoncé knows who runs the world: “Girls!” Sheryl Sandberg struck a chord with her best-selling Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013), but the
Facebook COO’s book isn’t the only one that aspiring female
entrepreneurs should check out. These recent (2014–16)
titles belong in library collections serving working women
(and those who would like to be in the business world).
Breaking through Bias: Communication
Techniques for Women to Succeed at
Work. By Andrea S. Kramer and Alton
B. Harris. 2016. Bibliomotion, $27.95
Central to the authors’ thesis is the
expectation that women behave in a
manner that is communal, seeking
consensus and acceptance, while men
behave in a manner that is agentic, seeking success and promotion. But when
a woman behaves in this assumed male
way, she’s derided as self-serving or aggressive. To achieve professional success,
the authors argue, women must find a
way to exhibit the agentic traits that people expect from a leader, balanced with
the communal traits that people expect
from a woman.
Grow Your Value: Living and Working to
Your Full Potential. By Mika Brzezinski.
2015. Weinstein, $26 (9781602862685).
Is the notion of “having it all” a myth,
or can women truly balance career and
relationships? The lessons Brzezinski im-
parted in her first book, Knowing Your
Value: Women, Money, and Knowing What
You’re Worth (2011), also have applica-
tions in the home, she explains here, yet
learning how to make the switch from
team captain to team player is often easier
said than done.
Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical
Guide to Advancing Your Career
during Pregnancy and Parenthood.
By Allyson Downey. 2016. Seal, $16
In compiling the advice included in
this “practical, tactical guide,” Downey,
a successful business owner pushed out
of her job on Wall Street during her
first pregnancy, extensively interviewed
50 mothers about their experiences and
received feedback from many more. The
book contains advice on how to create
a paper trail of one’s accomplishments
in case of pregnancy discrimination, a
worksheet on how to split child-rearing
responsibilities with a partner, and tips
for paying it forward as an employee or
employer to help create a more parent-friendly workplace.