The Fix : Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work
In the vein of #Girlboss and Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, discover how to thrive at work from the head of the Global Innovation Coalition for Change at UN Women with this "passionate, practical roadmap for addressing inequality and finally making our workplaces work for women" (Arianna Huffington). For years, we've been telling women that in order to succeed at work, they have to change themselves first--lean in, negotiate like a man, don't act too nice or you'll never get the corner office. But after sixteen years working with major Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality expert, Michelle King has realized one simple truth--the tired advice of fixing women doesn't fix anything. The truth is that workplaces are gendered; they were designed by men for men. Because of this, most organizations unconsciously carry the idea of an "ideal worker," typically a straight, white man who doesn't have to juggle work and family commitments. Based on King's research and exclusive interviews with major companies and thought leaders, The Fix reveals why denying the fact that women are held back just because they are women--what she calls gender denial--is the biggest obstacle holding women back at work and outlines the hidden sexism and invisible barriers women encounter at work every day. Women who speak up are seen as pushy. Women who ask for a raise are seen as difficult. Women who spend hours networking don't get the same career benefits as men do. Because women don't look like the ideal worker and can't behave like the ideal worker, they are passed over for promotions, paid less, and pushed out of the workforce, not because they aren't good enough, but because they aren't men. In this fascinating and empowering book, King outlines the invisible barriers that hold women back at all stages of their careers, and provides readers with a clear set of takeaways to thrive despite the sexist workplace, as they fight for change from within. Gender equality is not about women, and it is not about men--it is about making workplaces work for everyone. Together, we can fix work, not women.
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 155 x 231 x 33mm | 499g
- 03 Mar 2020
- Atria Books
"Michelle King is a global ambassador on advancing women and girls in society. In this book, she explores the challenges women face today that impact their ability to succeed and lays out solutions organizations can apply to ensure a workplace where everyone thrives. Michelle understands that creating an inclusive and equitable workplace for everyone takes all of us. We are fortunate she is sharing her expertise and learnings, and is bringing us along this journey to implement real change."--Dr. Cindy Pace, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at MetLife
About Michelle P King
Michelle P. King is the Director of Inclusion at Netflix. A leading global expert in gender and organizations, she was most recently head of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change. King is an advisory board member for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign. King writes for Forbes, Thrive, and Harvard Business Review, and is also the host of the weekly podcast The Fix, which shares practical ways men and women can advance equality at work. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and two children. For more information, visit MichellePKing.com. Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television, and theater actor and producer, writer, and activist. She currently lives in London with her daughter and two sons. Jennifer Nadel is an award-winning broadcast journalist, qualified attorney, writer, and activist. American-born, she lives in London with her three sons.