That's what she said What men need to know (and women need to tell them) about working together

Joanne Lipman

Book - 2018

Outlines anecdotal solutions for harmonious working relationships between the sexes, citing the unique contributions of professional women and how their male counterparts can implement a healthier business culture that bridges gender gaps.

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Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xxi, 297 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-297).
ISBN
9780062437211
0062437216
Main Author
Joanne Lipman (author)
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Review by Booklist Reviews

Despite years of diversity training, mentoring, and other efforts, corporate America still suffers from a significant gender gap. Lipman, who herself worked in the then-male-dominated field as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and who is currently editor in chief at USA Today, feels that the real solution is to get men involved in the discussion of these issues. Using wide-ranging examples, such as Google, the Harvard Business School, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the nation of Iceland—which is currently rated number one for gender equality—she advocates that solutions will arise when more men become genuine advocates for women. She sees this already occurring with members of the millennial generation, but it still has a long way to go in the entrenched and powerful managers of her own generation. That's What She Said shows why empowering women as true equals is an essential goal for women and men—and Lipman suggest pathways that can make that happen. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

With gender pay gaps and sexual harassment increasingly in the news, books on improving the lot of women in the workplace are more relevant than ever. Lipman, chief content officer of Gannett and editor in chief of USA Today, has written this latest paean to achieving full equality. Full of solid points and extensively researched and footnoted, this book makes a point of not blaming men exclusively for the current climate. After all, as the author points out, the problems will take both men and women to solve, so alienating men is not the answer either. Implicit (as well as explicit) bias is raised, as well as issues exacerbated by women themselves, including a hesitancy to blow their own horns and seek out promotions and raises. Blind auditions are cited as one fix, but their use is limited to just a few fields. Unfortunately, much of the book feels like the author is "preaching to the choir." While well written, with timely examples and illustrations, there appears to be little that can be done to combat the problems raised without major cultural and leadership shifts. That said, getting the word out yet again, cannot hurt. VERDICT A good book on a sadly current topic. [See Prepub Alert, 8/21/17.]—Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Lipman (Strings Attached), editor-in-chief of USA Today, makes a bold statement with this important book examining biases favoring men in business. In this road map to empowerment, Lipman explains that it's not just men who devalue their female colleagues' work, but also the women themselves, as perhaps most tellingly illustrated by a survey of social-psychology studies observing this phenomenon beginning in childhood. To be sure, readers will learn here of companies actively addressing gender imbalances. Lipman commends Blake Irving of GoDaddy, a company once notorious for sexist advertising, for becoming an outspoken proponent of equal pay. Elsewhere she observes that after the U.S.'s leading symphony orchestras began blind auditions, wherein auditioning musicians perform behind a screen, female representation skyrocketed, from 5% in 1970 to nearly 50% today— a tactic she finds applicable to the business world. According to one dramatic figure Lipman cites, encouraging women who gave up work for motherhood to rejoin the labor pool could add as much as $2.1 trillion to the U.S. economy. This book goes a step further than Sheryl Sandberg's bestselling Lean In and challenges both men and women to examine their own prejudices and actively reshape work cultures to be more welcoming to women. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Outlines anecdotal solutions for harmonious working relationships between the sexes, citing the unique contributions of professional women and how their male counterparts can implement a healthier business culture that bridges gender gaps.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An award-winning journalist and publisher outlines anecdotal solutions for harmonious working relationships between the sexes, citing the unique contributions of professional women and how their male counterparts can implement a healthier business culture that bridges gender gaps. 150,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

#1 Washington Post Bestseller First things first: There will be no man shaming in That’s What She Said. A recent Harvard study found that corporate “diversity training” has actually made the gender gap worse—in part because it makes men feel demonized. Women, meanwhile, have been told closing the gender gap is up to them: they need to speak up, to be more confident, to demand to be paid what they’re worth. They discuss these issues amongst themselves all the time.  What they don’t do is talk to men about it.  It’s time to end that disconnect. More people in leadership roles are genuinely trying to transform the way we work together, because there's abundant evidence that companies with more women in senior leadership perform better by virtually every measure. Yet despite good intentions, men often lack the tools they need, leading to fumbles, missteps, frustration and misunderstanding that continue to inflict real and lasting damage on women's careers.That's What She Said solves for that dilemma.  Filled with illuminating anecdotes, data from the most recent studies, and stories from Joanne Lipman’s own journey to the top of a male-dominated industry, it shows how we can win by reaching across the gender divide. What can the Enron scandal teach us about the way men and women communicate professionally? How does brain chemistry help explain men’s fear of women’s emotions at work? Why did Kimberly Clark have an all-male team of executives in charge of their Kotex tampon line? What can we learn from Iceland’s campaign to “feminize” an entire nation? That’s What She Said shows why empowering women as true equals is an essential goal for women and men—and offers a roadmap for getting there.That’s What She Said solves for:·         The respect gap·         Unconscious bias·         Interruptions·         The pay and promotion gap·         Being heard·         The motherhood penalty·         “Bropropriation” and “mansplaining”·         And more….  

Review by Publisher Summary 4

#1 Washington Post Bestseller First things first: There will be no man shaming in That's What She Said. A recent Harvard study found that corporate 'diversity training' has actually made the gender gap worse'in part because it makes men feel demonized. Women, meanwhile, have been told closing the gender gap is up to them: they need to speak up, to be more confident, to demand to be paid what they're worth. They discuss these issues amongst themselves all the time.  What they don't do is talk to men about it.  It's time to end that disconnect. More people in leadership roles are genuinely trying to transform the way we work together, because there's abundant evidence that companies with more women in senior leadership perform better by virtually every measure. Yet despite good intentions, men often lack the tools they need, leading to fumbles, missteps, frustration and misunderstanding that continue to inflict real and lasting damage on women's careers.That's What She Said solves for that dilemma.  Filled with illuminating anecdotes, data from the most recent studies, and stories from Joanne Lipman's own journey to the top of a male-dominated industry, it shows how we can win by reaching across the gender divide. What can the Enron scandal teach us about the way men and women communicate professionally? How does brain chemistry help explain men's fear of women's emotions at work? Why did Kimberly Clark have an all-male team of executives in charge of their Kotex tampon line? What can we learn from Iceland's campaign to 'feminize' an entire nation? That's What She Said shows why empowering women as true equals is an essential goal for women and men'and offers a roadmap for getting there.That's What She Said solves for:·         The respect gap·         Unconscious bias·         Interruptions·         The pay and promotion gap·         Being heard·         The motherhood penalty·         'Bropropriation' and 'mansplaining"·         And more'.