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.

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much … to be successful, but not too successful, or they’ll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world — of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.
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A political party for women’s equality | Sandi Toksvig

Women’s equality won’t just happen — not unless more women are put in positions of power, says Sandi Toksvig. In a disarmingly hilarious talk, Toksvig tells the story of how she helped start a new political party in Britain, the Women’s Equality Party, with the express purpose of putting equality on the ballot. Now she hopes people around the world will copy her party’s model and mobilize for equality.
TEDTalks (video)