Social Sciences: Women in Business | April 1, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred reviewFox, Catherine. 7 Myths About Women and Work. Univ. of New South Wales. 2012. 256p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781742233475. pap. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781742241173. BUS

Award-winning journalist Fox (deputy editor, AFR BOSS; Better Than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work) systematically dispels seven myths about women and work: these state that workplaces are meritocracies, the gender gap is exaggerated, women don’t want the top jobs, women with children don’t want a career, quotas and targets are dangerous and unnecessary, women should act more like men (and are their own worst enemies), and time will heal all. Focusing on the stereotypes of women in the Australian workplace, Fox presents evidence from companies such as the not-for-profit U.S. firm Catalyst to prove that the notion that “women don’t ask” for promotions is false. The author suggests different approaches to “myth busting” and maintains that “normalising women’s participation as leaders, decision-makers, and workers in all walks of life has driven me to attack the myths.” The chapters are complete with case studies and extensive bibliographical references for further reading. VERDICT A groundbreaking look at women in the workplace. The author’s expertise and research will reach business professionals, students, and those researching women’s studies or workplace-related issues. Informative, thought provoking, and highly recommended. Lucy Heckman, St. John’s Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY

Library Journal Reviews starred reviewPucino, Janet. Not in the Club: An Executive Woman’s Journey Through the Biased World of Business. Deep Canyon. 2013. 172p. bibliog. ISBN 9780985902711. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9780985902704. $21.99; ebk. ISBN 9780985902728. BUS

One of the few flaws in Pucino’s readable and succinct guide is how heavily her ideas are marketed to women only. This is a potentially stellar guide for all professionals, male as well as female, on how to succeed in business without being a member of an organization’s “club.” The meat of the book is its third chapter, which describes ways in which managers and employees who are not part of the “club” see their ideas ignored, their promotions blocked, and their work lives made generally unbearable; the author also describes practical strategies for working around such difficulties. All of the chapters (with the possible exception of the personal interviews near the end) are relevant and useful—a rarity in business literature. Pucino identifies what “clubs” look like, how gender and cultural biases play out, how such corporate cultures develop, ways to spot such a culture before joining an organization, and tips for getting along even when you don’t particularly want to “belong.” VERDICT There’s an increasing number of titles about women in management, but this one scores on both brevity and utility.—Sarah Statz Cords, Reader’s Advisor Online, Middleton, WI

Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Knopf. 2013. 224p. notes. index. ISBN 9780385349949. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385349956. BUS

Sandberg’s (COO, experience as a woman in the workforce began with her time as an early employee at Google before she held the position of chief of staff at the U.S. Treasury Department. In light of her enormous successes, Sandberg’s awareness of how few women hold positions of power in today’s companies has increased her determination to help women advance. This book offers her take on ways for women to improve their situation, such as being more self-confident, acquiring a mentor, remaining engaged, getting more help at home, etc. These are not new ideas. What makes them noteworthy is who is doing the talking. The book is conversational in tone but also well researched, enhancing the facts with stories from the trenches. VERDICT A lively book on a topic relevant to all working women as well as the men they work with (and for). There will be interest because of the author’s renown.—Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH