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Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide / Edition 1
     

Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide / Edition 1

by Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever, Sara Laschever
 

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ISBN-10: 069108940X

ISBN-13: 9780691089409

Pub. Date: 09/02/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: "More men ask. The women just don't ask." It turns out that whether they want higher salaries or more help at home, women often find it hard to ask. Sometimes they don't know that change is

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When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: "More men ask. The women just don't ask." It turns out that whether they want higher salaries or more help at home, women often find it hard to ask. Sometimes they don't know that change is possible--they don't know that they can ask. Sometimes they fear that asking may damage a relationship. And sometimes they don't ask because they've learned that society can react badly to women asserting their own needs and desires.

By looking at the barriers holding women back and the social forces constraining them, Women Don't Ask shows women how to reframe their interactions and more accurately evaluate their opportunities. It teaches them how to ask for what they want in ways that feel comfortable and possible, taking into account the impact of asking on their relationships. And it teaches all of us how to recognize the ways in which our institutions, child-rearing practices, and unspoken assumptions perpetuate inequalities--inequalities that are not only fundamentally unfair but also inefficient and economically unsound.

With women's progress toward full economic and social equality stalled, women's lives becoming increasingly complex, and the structures of businesses changing, the ability to negotiate is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Drawing on research in psychology, sociology, economics, and organizational behavior as well as dozens of interviews with men and women from all walks of life, Women Don't Ask is the first book to identify the dramatic difference between men and women in their propensity to negotiate for what they want. It tells women how to ask, and why they should.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691089409
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
878,289
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


PREFACE: WhyNegotiation, and Why Now? ix
INTRODUCTION: Women Don't Ask 1
CHAPTER ONE: Opportunity Doesn't Always Knock 17
CHAPTER TWO: A Price Higher than Rubies 41
CHAPTER THREE: Nice Girls Don't Ask 62
CHAPTER FOUR: Scaring the Boys 85
CHAPTER FIVE: Fear of Asking 112
CHAPTER SIX: Low Goals and Safe Targets 130
CHAPTER SEVEN: Just So Much and No More 148
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Female Advantage 164
EPILOGUE: Negotiating at Home 180
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 187
NOTES 189
REFERENCES 201
INDEX 217

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