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7 myths about women and work /
Catherine Fox.
imprint
Sydney : NewSouth Publishing, 2012.
description
274 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
1742233473 (pbk), 9781742233475 (pbk)
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imprint
Sydney : NewSouth Publishing, 2012.
isbn
1742233473 (pbk)
9781742233475 (pbk)
contents note
Introduction: Why 7 myths? -- Myth 1: Workplaces are meritocracies -- Myth 2: The gender pay gap is exaggerated -- Myth 3: Women don't want the top jobs -- Myth 4: Women with children don't want a career -- Myth 5: Quotas and targets are dangerous and unnecessary -- Myth 6: Women should act more like men (and they are their own worst enemies) -- Myth 7: Time will heal all -- Myth-busting and beyond.
general note
Publlisher also known as University of New South Wales Press in 2012. "NewSouth Publishing NewSouth Publishing is the publishing arm of the company. Recognised as a leading independent Australian publisher, it produces a range of general, literary and illustrated non-fiction and select scholarly titles across two imprints: NewSouth and UNSW Press." Note on publisher's web page.
abstract
Being a woman, raising children, succeeding in a leadership role and living a full life remains a tall order in modern Australia if you don't happen to be extraordinary. Being a woman on a board, running an ASX top - listed company, or running a government department remains an exception rather than the norm. Despite the progress made towards a fairer workplace, in the discussion about the lack of women on boards or the size of the gap between men and women's pay, tired excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels these the seven myths about women and work. Catherine Fox is an award-winning journalist and deputy editor of AFR BOSS magazine. Publisher's note.
catalogue key
9416995
 
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Catherine Fox is a journalist and public speaker with a particular interest in gender and work. She writes the weekly 'Corporate Woman' column in the Australian Financial Review and is deputy editor of Financial Review BOSS magazine.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-04-01:
Award-winning journalist Fox (deputy editor, AFR BOSS; Better Than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work) systematically dispels seven myths about women and work: these state that workplaces are meritocracies, the gender gap is exaggerated, women don't want the top jobs, women with children don't want a career, quotas and targets are dangerous and unnecessary, women should act more like men (and are their own worst enemies), and time will heal all. Focusing on the stereotypes of women in the Australian workplace, Fox presents evidence from companies such as the not-for-profit U.S. firm Catalyst to prove that the notion that "women don't ask" for promotions is false. The author suggests different approaches to "myth busting" and maintains that "normalising women's participation as leaders, decision-makers, and workers in all walks of life has driven me to attack the myths." The chapters are complete with case studies and extensive bibliographical references for further reading. VERDICT A groundbreaking look at women in the workplace. The author's expertise and research will reach business professionals, students, and those researching women's studies or workplace-related issues. Informative, thought provoking, and highly recommended.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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PW Annex Reviews, March 2013
Library Journal, April 2013
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Summaries
Main Description
A book about being a woman, raising children, succeeding in a leadership role, and living a full life, this work debunks the seven most commonly held misconceptions about women and their professional careers. Penned by an award-winning journalist, this book discusses topics such as the gender pay gap, motherhood and a career, meritocracies in the workplace, and the use of quotas.
Main Description
Being a woman, raising children, succeeding in a leadership role and living a full life remains a tall order in modern Australia if you don¿t happen to be extraordinary. Being a woman on a board, running an ASX top ¿listed company, or running a government department remains an exception rather than the norm. Despite the progress made towards a fairer workplace, in the discussion about the lack of women on boards or the size of the gap between men and women¿s pay, tired excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels these the seven myths about women and work.
Main Description
Women have come a long way in the corporate world but, to put it bluntly, men still rule. Pointing out the lack of women on boards, or the size of the gap between men and women's pay leads to many tired old excuses. Armed with statistics, research and a sharp eye for what's really going on, Catherine Fox demolishes seven big myths about women and work. The line-up includes the lack of ambition myth (women don't want the top jobs); the motherhood myth (it's those kids and broken careers that stop women); the gender pay gap myth (it's vastly exaggerated); and the bitch myth (women are their own worst enemies). Catherine Fox takes these myths down systematically, with the same vigour and clarity that readers of her column, 'Corporate Woman' in the Australian Financial Review, have come to love. Constructive and insightful, she shows how much we all have to gain from the true participation of women in corporate and public life. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Acronymsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Why 7 myths?p. 1
Workplaces are meritocraciesp. 21
The gender pay gap is exaggeratedp. 50
Women don't want the top jobsp. 78
Women with children don't want a careerp. 103
Quotas and targets are dangerous and unnecessaryp. 135
Women should act more like men (and they are their own worst enemies)p. 167
Time will heal allp. 197
Myth-busting and beyondp. 234
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 267
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