- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: FriesenPress (April 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1525512110
- ISBN-13: 978-1525512117
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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Nevertheless, She Persisted: True Stories of Women Leaders in Tech Paperback – April 17, 2018
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"Nevertheless, She Persisted is highly readable, extremely insightful, and rewarding. By telling the stories of courageous, successful women who work in high tech, Gluckman validates the essential role of the woman in Silicon Valley in a memorable and very relevant way." - Foreword Clarion Reviews
"The author is a perspicacious interviewer and skillfully extracts illuminating insights and fresh perspective from her subjects." - Kirkus Reviews
"Pratima Rao Gluckman has done enormous work in bringing together these stories told by tremendous women who show not only unwavering determination but also deep heart. Their honesty about their experiences pulls back the curtain and shows what it is truly like to be a woman leader in technology. The stories, along with sage morsels of advice, are made all the stronger by the range of personalities and traits these women exhibit, especially interesting are the ones we don't always think of as typical leader, or female, traits. [...] We can all use the advice given here, wherever we are in our careers."
- Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography, Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios
About the Author
Pratima Rao Gluckman knew she wanted to be an engineer from a young age. When she took her first programming class, she fell in love and began on her career path. She attained a master's degree in computer science (University of Texas at Arlington), a master's degree in chemistry, and bachelor's degree in instrumentation engineering (BITs Pilani India). After a few years working in the industry as a software engineer, she made the decision to move into engineering management. Leading came naturally for her, and currently, in her field of enterprise software, she manages a team of engineers. During her time in the industry, she has grown aware of the gender bias and related imposter's syndrome that makes it challenging for women-including herself-to achieve their desired potential. From this realization, Nevertheless, She Persisted was conceived. It is Gluckman's hope that this book contributes meaningful changes in the tech world so that many more women can enter careers as engineers and thrive to become effective leaders in their organizations.
She currently resides with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area....
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What fascinated me was not only the considerable struggles the women faced but also their mixed responses. Some were clear eyed about the barriers that discourage most women from considering tech careers. Others didn't appear to recognize the bias, unconscious or otherwise, that keeps many women out of the field or relegates them to lesser positions. Every story was worth reading and inspiring, as were the author's observations and personal experience.
The variations in experience are part of the strength of the book. It belongs in every high school and university library. Parents can use it to expand their daughters' sense of possibilities. Girls growing up with role models like these are more likely to see the potential in themselves. And men in tech would do well to read the book, which can help them understand the role they can play in creating more opportunities for women in tech.
This was a really interesting book with a great concept. Gluckman, who works in the tech industry herself and found herself really waking up to the gender issues within it, set out on a mission to interview some tech powerwomen. She was looking to tell them world about their experiences, including both how they got to where they are today and how they feel about gender issues in the tech industry.
It took me a little while to settle into this book and allow it to claim my attention, but once I did, I found myself intrigued by these women. Each chapter features a different interviewee (19 in total) and follows roughly the same format. This got a little tedious after a while—I wish Gluckman had varied the structure a bit from chapter to chapter—but not enough to make me put the book down. I also liked how Gluckman provided these women in a story style rather than a question-and-answer style, and I liked that she inserted her own thoughts, opinions, and reactions along the way.
One of my biggest pieces of discontent about this book has to do with intersectionality. There were white women, Asian women, Indian women, and even Israeli women, but no black women. There were also no LGBTQIA+ women/individuals. There was plenty of talk about husbands and finding a supportive partner, but nothing inclusive there. Not even an throwaway admission that heterosexual couples aren't the only type. I understand that Gluckman chose these women largely out of her own network, but a little effort here would have gone a long way.
All in all, I liked the book and found myself interested and motivated by it. I'm not sure whether it will reach or engage it's target audience, but I would encourage young women interested in or just beginning a career in tech to give it a shot.