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Men, socialized in a "scrappier paradigm," learn to pursue and energize their goals at work and home. The two key elements are control and recognizing opportunity. For example, girls, rewarded for hard work, learn to see control as outside of themselves while boys are urged to take charge. Boys are schooled to recognize opportunity and girls to choose safe targets.
Several chapters are focused on prescription; how women can decrease anxiety, anticipate roadblocks, plan counter-moves and resist conceding too much or too soon. The authors shine in their examination of culture and gender--and their optimism about how women can counter the culture. They falter whenever they adopt the "sexes-from-a-different-planet" fallacy. Most notably, in a chapter that details a "female approach" to negotiating. Overall, the authors have created a smart summary of research and used it to affirm every woman's urgent right to ask. --Barbara Mackoff
The book flows nicely, and is easy to read.
Readers will be rewarded with insights into the condition of gender relations in modern work environments as well as benefiting from the authors' well-supported views.
I liked the mix of examples of diverse individual women's experiences along with data from the authors' and others' relevant studies.
The authors buck the prevailing wisdom regarding the "glass ceiling," which takes great courage. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill Ireland
Anyone interested in the topic of "negotiating" should read this book. It is a well thought out read that presents a theory that makes sense and it is supported by research... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard Bovay
I bought two copies of this book for gifts, They were well received and both recipients found them full of useful information.Published 5 months ago by Robert Current
The authors do an excellent job of describing the situation and offering techniques to change the status quo. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. E. Jentzer
Women Don't Ask offers perspective-shifting, concrete evidence regarding women's advancement in the workplace and the world. Read morePublished 10 months ago by neverenoughtimetoread
This book was an excellent insight into some of the subtle ways women actually set themselves back. I was surprised at how many ways I have kept myself from going after what I... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Churchill
This is a terrific book and can change a woman's life if she will take Linda Babcock's and Sara Laschever's advice!Published 15 months ago by Roselyn Wilkinson
The book provided interesting research and examples of how women don't ask. However, there were no recommendations on how this could be rectified on a personal level.Published 16 months ago by Kathleen P McDonald