Summary of That’s What She Said
THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman. Copyright © 2018 by Surrey Lane Media, LLC. Published by arrangement with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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The wage gap between men and women persists. Women earn less than men in every profession, even if they have the same level of education and experience as their male peers. Yet, in business, mixed-gender groups and partnerships are much more successful than same-gender groups. Editor and journalist Joanne Lipman urges men to step up and advocate for women. Likewise, women need to do a better job of communicating their professional needs to men. Lipman explains to men some of what working women go through. For example, many women chamge their behavior and appearance to fit in, are reluctant to ask for a raise or promotion, suffer disrespect at work, and remain “invisible” to employers once they leave the workforce to have children – even when they wish to come back. Lipman reports examples of men behaving badly as well as describing male champions who try to change their industries’ culture for the better, such as TV producer Glen Mazzara and Wall Street hedge fund manager Sam Polk. Lipman makes difficult topics pertinent to men and encourages women to be better self-advocates.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to talk about gender inequities at work,
- Why men should be part of the conversation and
- How companies can resolve gender disparities.
About the Author
Writer and editor Joanne Lipman was the first woman deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, which won three Pulitzer Prizes under her leadership.