Women Don’t Ask
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?
The singer and Kickstarter success story recently gave a TED talk on a topic close to the heart of many female entrepreneurs: why it’s difficult to ask for things and why you should do it anyway.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
The trouble with women, according to both cliché and research, is they often simply don’t ask for things. Which makes alt-rock musician Amanda Palmer’s recent TED talk on the “art of asking” essential viewing for those concerned with pushing more women to attain their full potential. Plus, it’s super entertaining.
Mothers are 79% less likely to be hired, only half as likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than an identical woman without children.
By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)
Advice literature for women is a crowded field and a predictable one. Most advice falls into one of two woefully inadequate camps:
1. Man up! The most common advice assumes that the problem is that women need to act more like men. Men tend to negotiate harder, act with more confidence and go after plum assignments that will require them to stretch and swagger. All this is good advice – sometimes, for some women. It will work for you if you tend to act in traditionally feminine ways: modest, happy to play support roles and attuned to the comfort of others
Know what you want and start doing it with an infectious leadership style.
By Jessica Naziri (Reporter, CNBC)
When Alexa von Tobel found herself frustrated with the lack of personal finance resources and tools available to her, she took a leave of absence from Harvard Business School in 2008 to pursue her dream of creating a way for women to gain control of their finances.
By Jamie Lee (Operations Manager, Tipping Point Partners)
Initiating the conversation about salary negotiation with the successful women in our network is the first step to acquiring a negotiation muscle.
I saw how tapping one’s network can positively impact a woman’s career after making an introduction to two female friends.
One was an executive with great deal of professional experience, and the other was just about to start her professional career and seeking career advice. Let’s call the first friend