By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network) & Katherine Ullman (Program Associate, Center for WorkLife Law)
An essay this month in The Wall Street Journal recycled a tired trope: “queen bees” in the office are making the lives of other women a living hell. We’ve heard this before. Powerful women are just grown up high school “mean girls” chipping away at the self-confidence of the women who work with and for them.
The sad reality is that women often pay a social cost for negotiating hard. A professor of negotiation offers three tips to overcome this double standard and ensure you get a good deal.
By Seth Freeman (Adjunct Professor of Negotiation & Conflict Management, Columbia Business School & NYU Stern School of Business)
Years before I met her, a student of mine got an offer for a promotion. It would mean more status and more hours. Her boss said money was tight, so he could only offer her $5,000 more. She accepted. Months later, exhausted, she had a conversation with several peers. “We were surprised you took the offer,” they said. “Everyone knows you’re much better than the guy you replaced, and he and we are making $60,000 more than you.”
As a negotiation professor, that story makes me particularly angry.
Convinced you can conquer the world? Great, here’s how to make sure your body language is communicating that confidence.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
When Sheryl Sandberg decided to title her book Lean In, she obviously had a larger metaphorical meaning of the phrase in mind than simply inclining your body forward. But, she also insists, that’s a good place to start.
Among the first videos up on the companion site to the book instructs women in the finer points of powerful body language.
Maureen Dowd bitingly referred to her the “PowerPoint Pied Piper in Prada ankle boots. Then the anti-Sandberg pendulum swung in the opposite direction, with the likes of Mohamed El-Erian, PIMCO CEO, calling the book recommended reading for CEOs.
By Leah Eichler (Founder, Femme-O-Nomics)
No good deed goes unpunished is a lesson that Sheryl Sandberg has learned over the last few weeks leading up to the release on Monday of her self-proclaimed feminist manifesto, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. In remarkable waves, media
A discussion of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book brings up another, less often mentioned reason for women to be bold in their ambitions — you’ll speed cultural change and improve the lives of female leaders.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
It’s Sheryl Sandberg mania out there as the release of Lean In, the new book by the Facebook COO/aspiring feminist icon, generates a media feeding frenzy. She’s on the cover of Time, in nearly every publication (including this one) and appeared on 60 Minutes:
How to help men help women succeed in business and life.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has certainly sparked discussion with her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, released this week. Amidst the debate of whether she should or can lead the next generation of young women to become ambitious leaders, I dread the never-ending onus criticism of women. Now what about the men who want to support, and can support, women as leaders?
When we weaken the power of one woman, we weaken the power of all women. When we weaken the power of women in workplaces that already have way too few women, we contribute to further reducing the number of successful women and we end up with only one woman survivor at the top – the Queen Bee.
To all the partners who love, support, and nurture ambitious entrepreneurial women – I say thank you.
By Zuhairah Scott Washington (Founder & CEO, Kahnoodle)
One aspect of the entrepreneurial journey that is rarely discussed is the role of our partners – the individuals who love and support dreamers and doers. Brad Feld recently wrote a whole book on the topic, exploring love and relationships in startup land.
Children and husbands are often viewed as a burden to startup life – distractions that prevent entrepreneurs from focusing
It still grates at me that my parents consider their parenting strategy to be “raise your girl like a boy.”
By Julie Zhuo (Director of Product Design, Facebook)
For as long as I can remember, my parents have told me that they raised me like a boy. As soon as I could grasp that the way to raise a child was a thing that – like interior decor – parents could choose, I knew this about my parents’ intentions.
My parents would look at each other, flash a knowing smile, and declare “oh, we raised Julie like a boy”
“Fortune does favor the bold. I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try.” – Sheryl Sandberg
By Janet Choi (Chief Creative Officer, iDoneThis)
Women who promote themselves experience greater career advancement, compensation and career satisfaction. So I say “amen!” to Oprah’s advice that “in order to get people’s attention you gotta blow a loud trumpet. You gotta beat the drum loudly. Nobody listens to you when you go quietly into the night.”