A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy

A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy

by Sarah Lacy
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A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy by Sarah Lacy

A rallying cry for working mothers everywhere that demolishes the "distracted, emotional, weak" stereotype and definitively shows that these professionals are more focused, decisive, and stronger than any other force.

Working mothers aren’t a liability. They are assets you—and every manager and executive—want in your company, in your investment portfolio, and in your corner.

There is copious academic research showing the benefits of working mothers on families and the benefits to companies who give women longer and more flexible parental leave. There are even findings that demonstrate women with multiple children actually perform better at work than those with none or one.

Yet despite this concrete proof that working mothers are a lucrative asset, they still face the "Maternal Wall"—widespread unconscious bias about their abilities, contributions, and commitment. Nearly eighty percent of women are less likely to be hired if they have children—and are half as likely to be promoted. Mothers earn an average $11,000 less in salary and are held to higher punctuality and performance standards. Forty percent of Silicon Valley women said they felt the need to speak less about their family to be taken more seriously. Many have been told that having a second child would cost them a promotion.

Fortunately, this prejudice is slowly giving way to new attitudes, thanks to more women starting their own businesses, and companies like Netflix, Facebook, Apple, and Google implementing more parent-friendly policies. But the most important barrier to change isn’t about men. Women must rethink the way they see themselves after giving birth. As entrepreneur Sarah Lacy makes clear in this cogent, persuasive analysis and clarion cry, the strongest, most lucrative, and most ambitious time of a woman’s career may easily be after she sees a plus sign on a pregnancy test.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062641816
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 642,076
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sarah Lacy is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of the investigative tech news site Pando.com. She has been covering technology news and entrepreneurship for over fifteen years, with stints at BusinessWeek and TechCrunch before founding her own company while on maternity leave in 2011. She lives in San Francisco. Most importantly of all, she is the mother of two young children.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Introduction: Lies 5

1 Your Uterus Is Not a Ticking Time Bomb 17

2 Benevolent Sexism and You 36

3 "Everyone Loves the Angry Bitch" 54

4 "I Just Don't Know How You Do It!" 62

5 Not All Moms Have the Luxury to Build a Company, but All Moms Have the Skills 75

6 If You Don't Hire More Women After Reading This Chapter, You're Just Sexist 84

7 You Wanna Be the Hammer or the Nail? 101

8 THe Tyranny of the Pattern 111

9 "We need a Sheryl" 125

10 "Are You Having Fun?" 139

11 Wings, Talons, Fangs 149

12 From Subject to Sovereign 169

13 The Single-Mom Penalty and the Single-Mom Bonus 192

14 You Don't Fuck with the Women of Iceland 215

15 The Last Place You're Expecting to See Female Empowerment 233

16 Back, Head, Lungs 252

17 November 8, 2016 265

Epilogue 279

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 287

Index 293

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A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I read very little non fiction these days, so when I saw a pitch for this book, I had to read it. Although I am working woman and not a working mom, I still thought I could get some interesting information from this read and I wasn't disappointed. Yes, she does focus on working moms and how important it is for companies to make sure working moms feel like they have the space to take maternity leave and to come back and do both a home life and a work life. It is on us to make sure they know they have the space to do what they need to do, but also keep expectations that they be productive in the hours they are at work. On the flip side, as a woman who doesn't have a child at home needing my time, I would love the same respect that my home time is just as valuable for my husband and dogs and I kind of wish she had hit on that for just a moment. I wish she had highlighted that work life balance should be an expectation for all working women - moms or not - and even set those expectations for men also.