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Nevertheless, She Persisted: True Stories of Women Leaders in Tech Paperback – April 17, 2018
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"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
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While the title of the book has become something of a battle cry, this book is not in the least polemical. It's real, and it's practical.
TL;DR: If you're a woman, this book is a manual for navigating the 21st century tech industry anywhere (be it Silicon Valley, Beijing, or Bangalore). If you're a man, this book will sensitize you to the challenges faced by more than half of your colleagues.
The interviewed women are extremely accomplished, successful, and diverse. They represent the backbone of the tech industry – engineers, entrepreneurs, and business executives. Their experiences are at once unique (most of the women have plenty of "firsts" on their resumes), and mundane (loving households, resoluteness in face of discrimination).
What I loved the most was how the interviews and experiences are threaded together into a set of tips on how to build a successful career. While there are some gender-specific tips here and there, most of the advice is gender-independent and very useful.
From time to time, as a guy, I felt I wasn't able to understand how big some of the obstacles faced by the book's protagonists actually were. I wish there was a relative scale in the book. For example, being an engineering student in India in the 80s was about 10 times harder for a woman than a man.
Even without this sort of hyperbole, the stories are compelling, and the advice that filters through this book is spot-on.
Each chapter has Takeaways, or highlights, from the experiences of the woman covered. I really wished that in the conclusion, an overall Takeaway was pulled together to emphasis the common experiences and mechanisms for dealing with challenges. Some chapters (11 of 19) also have a section that tackles a topic in a bit more depth but the topic did not always align with the first time this subject came up so it sometimes felt weird.
Within the chapters there were repetitive phrasing that felt cut & paste in nature. I wish the exact words from the interviews and the questions asked had been shared as well to give us more context. Why are phrasings and subjected repeated within chapters? Are the questions repeated or are these reflective if the words for the interviewee or repeated experiences of the woman interviewed.
The resulting book is a nice collection of women's experiences but lacks a solid narrative to tie them together as role models.
Gluckman accumulated an abundance of information, insights, and counsel from in-depth interviews of 19 women and then shares what she learned in this book. "Although I would have liked to talk to women CEOs, I realized they were few in number, and I knew it would be hard to get onto their busy schedule. Once Gluckman had a sufficient number of senior level women, she formulated a list of questions such as those identified on Pages xxix-xx. "The two primary audiences for this book are young women who are considering careers in technology and established women in the technological field" but she hopes her book will also be of substantial interest and value "to many people from other walks of life."
Having read and then re-read this book, I think it can also be of substantial interest and value to men who can helped to increase women's access opportunities, beginning with income equality. The number of single parents who are male continues to increase so I'm all for equality there in terms of benefits and special consideration. Also, obviously, this book will help male supervisors to become much more effective advocates for equality of career opportunity and of course income.
Personal digression: Why have there been so few female CEOs thus far? I think it's access denial that can be traced back to when students begin to study mathematics and natural sciences in schools and then in college when young women begin to consider their major field of study. I grew up at a time when blacks were denied access to playing quarterback in high school. Same mindset, different application. You see where I am going with this.
Gluckman devotes a separate chapter to each of her 19 primary sources. These are among the hundreds of observations that caught my eye:
"Women leave the technology field at twice the rate of men, so it's not just getting women into the pipeline -- it's about creating cultures where women thrive, which means, compared to today, the culture of the future is going to look significantly different." Telle Whitney (Page 9)
"Always push your limits. Look for assignments or goals that will take you to the next level; don't be afraid to challenge and stretch yourself. Women often feel like they have to know everything before they take on opportunity, whereas men just jump into it. Raise your hand more often, and if you don't know something, trust that you will learn.Sometimes, the only way to learn something is on the job." Shilpa Lawande (109)
" There has to be an education and mindset shift in all leaders, both men and women around the fact that a more diverse team is a better team. Women think differently, they work differently, they have a different angle when they work a problem, and this difference is good, not bad." Christine Martino (148)
"There is always going to be something hanging over a woman making it harder for her, which is just her gender. Even when you achieve success, there is still something holding you down. It doesn't matter where you are in your career -- you are still going to hit that ceiling." Pam Kostka (191)
"I've always had an affinity for equality but came to recognize it as a necessity when I served as chief scientist. I were much stronger when they had a good percentage of women in them." we need more people with expertise in a particular area in order to retain a constant pool of human capital in times of economic growth. Consequently, I started viewing diversity from an economic perspective, rather than just from a justice and equality perspective. I found that teams were much stronger when they had a good percentage of women in them." Orna Berry (245)
Pratima Rau Gluckman's concluding thoughts include these: "Throughout this book, there are two consistent lessons. First, persist. Regardless of what society expects of you or tells you to do, persist with your own vision of what you want to achieve in your life. The tailwinds of persistence will help you soar. The second lesson is that we all have the power to change the world for someone else. If each one of us makes it a point to intervene in one woman's life, we can get there slowly but surely -- one woman at a time."
I presume to add one final point, provided by Margaret Mead: "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
Top international reviews
After I received the book yesterday, I can't help reading it right away. I hope more career women can have a chance to read it. Although I am in the tech career for more than 10+ years, her book inspired me and refreshed me greatly. A great book is more than a spiritual nutrition. I hope I had read it earlier but it's never too late...:)