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.

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)

No sex, and other lies we tell pregnant women | Sofia Jawed-Wessel

“When we tell women that sex isn’t worth the risk during pregnancy, what we’re telling her is that her sexual pleasure doesn’t matter … that she in fact doesn’t matter,” says sex researcher Sofia Jawed-Wessel. In this eye-opening talk, Jawed-Wessel mines our views about pregnancy and pleasure to lay bare the relationship between women, sex and systems of power.
TEDTalks (video)

How women wage conflict without violence | Julia Bacha

Are you setting out to change the world? Here’s a stat you should know: nonviolent campaigns are 100 percent more likely to succeed than violent ones. So why don’t more groups use nonviolence when faced with conflict? Filmmaker Julia Bacha shares stories of effective nonviolent resistance, including eye-opening research on the crucial leadership role that women play.
TEDTalks (video)