Recommended: Gender Intelligence

gender intelligence Based on more than twenty-five years of in-depth surveys involving 100,000 men and women across dozens of Fortune 500 companies, Annis and Marron provide a deeper understanding of the forces that create and perpetuate gender inequality. “Gender Intelligence” exposes common false assumptions and shows how a growing number of leading-edge companies have broken through the barriers to successfully advance women, making the transformation from compliance to choice – and how it can be done in any business.

Recommended: Lean In!

lean inYou HAVE to read this book. Sandberg set off a movement with her TED talk and this book expands on her views of why women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Here she supports her arguments with anecdotes, facts and research that are compelling. This is less a guidebook to success in a man’s world than an opportunity for reflection and asking yourself some of the hard questions as you read Sandberg’s journey. Have a look – click on the image to read more about it.

Recommended: Sticky Floors

it's not a glass ceiling it's a sticky floor Language is powerful and in this book title each describe the effect of women not reaching their leadership potential. Shambaugh argues that what really holds women back is right below their own feet — the sticky floor.

These sticky floors are self-limiting beliefs, assumptions, and behaviours that serve to limit a woman’s ability to achieve her  career goals and bring her greatest gifts and value to her teams and organisation.

What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure | Peggy Orenstein

Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex. She discusses the pleasure that’s largely missing from their sexual encounters and calls on us to close the “orgasm gap” by talking candidly with our girls from an early age about sex, bodies, pleasure and intimacy.
TEDTalks (video)

Why women should tell the stories of humanity | Jude Kelly

For many centuries (and for many reasons) critically acclaimed creative genius has generally come from a male perspective. As theater director Jude Kelly points out in this passionately reasoned talk, that skew affects how we interpret even non-fictional women’s stories and rights. She thinks there’s a more useful, more inclusive way to look at the world, and she calls on artists — women and men — to paint, draw, write about, film and imagine a gender-equal society.
TEDTalks (video)

The data behind Hollywood’s sexism | Stacy Smith

Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women — and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers. She shares hard data behind gender bias in Hollywood, where on-screen males outnumber females three to one (and behind-the-camera workers fare even worse.)
TEDTalks (video)

How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control | Ashley Judd

Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It’s time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.
TEDTalks (video)