It’s the first book that has got all the recent publicity because as the Chief Operating officer at Facebook, anything Sandberg says is likely to generate interest.
Her main point is that women need to find a job they love and go for it 100% without apology, assertively and clear about our own worth.
The criticism of the book is that it applies to only few women at the top who can afford an army of support women [at the bottom] to help care for their children and run the home and ignores the strength of a system stacked against women from the start.
Where I find it interesting is that I can see, through coaching hundreds of women that we can, in wanting a personal/family life, not see how we might balance big ambition with that desire. I do see women lean away from their careers when they don’t need to [choosing to do that is another matter] and I still see women nervous of their own ambition.
So definitely worth a read.
The XX FACTOR is unashamedly about women who are part of the highly educated elite. Wolf draws out the central assertion that it is not the gap between men and women that is widening but the gap between highly educated women and less educated women.
Wolf writes in an interestingly detailed way about what it means to be a women with the XX factor serviced by an army of women looking after their children cooking their food etc [sounds familiar!!] She attacks what she sees as a lot of myths about women and work and for that reason it can make uncomfortable as well and lively reading.
The ATHENA DOCTRINE lays out the possibility that the world of work and business may transform in a way that favours women because feminine values are in ascendant – organisations are having to become more flexible, collaborative and caring in response to the economic climate and empathy, loyalty and flexibility are seen as the [newish] cornerstones of effective leadership
All interesting, all worth a dip in and out.