Friday, February 07, 2014

          Joan C. Williams Coauthors New Book: What Works for Women at Work

          Williams coauthored her latest book with her daughter Rachel Dempsey, a student at Yale Law School.
          What Works for Women at Work

          What Works for Women at Work

          Based on her cutting-edge research, nationally-renowned UC Hastings Professor Joan C. Williams in this new book offers tried and tested advice for women at work from the cubicle to the corner office, be they timid or assertive, black or white, juggling a family or single, twenty or sixty years old.

          Published by New York University Press, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know draws on hundreds of published studies and a groundbreaking new study of 127 women at the top of their fields. The result is a researched-based “how-to” manual for any woman trying to figure out what concrete steps she can take upon realizing something’s gone wrong in her career. Whether she hasn't advanced as fast as male counterparts, is told she needs to be more of a team player, feels undercut by other women, or is marginalized by motherhood, What Works for Women at Work can help her understand why and what to do about it.

          Joan C. Williams and Rachel DempseyWilliams and Dempsey pinpoint the four ways office politics are trickier for women than men—and even trickier for women of color – and they offer specific strategies to overcome them used by women who have found their way to the top. Women have to prove themselves over and over (“Prove-It-Again!”); they have to navigate a tightrope between being too masculine and too feminine (“Tightrope”); having children just compounds both those problems (“Maternal Wall”); and gender bias often ends up creating highly freighted relationships among women themselves (“Tug of War”).  All of these issues spawn unique, daily obstacles, requiring women to be armed with answers to questions like: What’s the best way to respond when a more senior colleague takes credit for my idea? Or How do I tell my boss I need time off for a child’s dentist appointment?

          What’s more, What Works for Women at Work breaks new scientific ground. Williams has taken decades of laboratory research on gender bias out of the classroom and tested it against conversations with real working women. Hers is the first systematic study of the different way women of color experience gender bias in today’s workplace, and how their experiences differs from those of white women. After years of studies and shelves of books on the perspective of one group of woman in the workplace (usually a high-powered professional women), Williams and Dempsey open up the helpline to the rest of the office.

          ##

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Thursday, December 01, 2016

          Thinkers & Doers: November 2016

          BIG NEW JOBS IN D.C. -- Prof Price’s Op-Ed in the Washington Post -- ALUMNUS TAKES THE BRONZE -- Prof Cohen in High Times -- THE FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW -- Prof Hazard talks “imputation” -- PROF WILLIAMS GOES VIRAL -- and so much more.
          Monday, November 28, 2016

          Market Street for the Masses Coalition Confers “Good Neighbor” Status on UC Hastings Development Project

          Long Range Campus Plan calls for development and rehabilitation of up to 1120 units of campus housing over the next 5 to 10 years
          Tuesday, November 22, 2016

          Lainey Feingold ’81 discusses her new book on Structured Negotiation and her tactics in dispute resolution

          UC Hastings alumna Lainey Feingold ’81 speaks with Professor Sheila Purcell about her new book
          Thursday, November 17, 2016

          Leah Chen Price ‘10 delivers hope for victims of human trafficking and human rights violations

          Using her legal education and passion for advocacy, UC Hastings alumna Leah Chen Price gives victims of human trafficking and human rights violations a chance for a better future.
          Friday, November 11, 2016

          Students support the troops with clinical legal services for San Francisco’s Senior Veterans

          The Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors- Veterans Project enables UC Hastings students to give back to San Francisco’s Veterans by providing free legal services to those who have given so much for their country.
          Go to News Archive