The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work

Atria. Mar. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781982110925. $27. BUS
King (director of inclusion, Netflix) shows how women continue to face barriers at work. Women are not the problem, King maintains. Rather, the workplace was designed for and continues to favor men. Based on interviews with employees at various corporations, the book is divided into three parts. The first section, “Awareness,” focuses on the causes of gender inequality in organizations, and details the visible and invisible barriers preventing women from advancing as well as the role of toxic masculinity and office politics. In the second segment, “Understanding,” King examines the challenges women face throughout their careers: the idealistic years of entering the workforce; the middle years, balancing work and home life; and veteran years, when women want to contribute meaningfully, but their leadership might be undermined in male-dominated environment. Lastly, “Action,” discusses what steps need to be implemented in order to promote gender equality, and how readers can take steps to remove workplace barriers. King includes case studies gleaned from her research to illustrate these issues and possible solutions.
VERDICT With forewords by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel, this inspirational, thought-provoking guide is highly recommended for women at all stages in their careers.

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