Book Club: Women in the workplace
Career development is a lifelong process. It involves managing your work, your ambitions and your personal life in order to add value to your organisation. With the upcoming Women’s Day on 9 August, this month we take a look at some best selling books that empower women in the workplace.
“We stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us, women who had to fight for the rights that we now take for granted”
The Facebook COO and one of Fortune Magazine’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ has written what is a considered the top career development and cult phenomenon books on empowering women in the workplace. Heavily debated, this book talks about what women are doing themselves to continue being oppressed, and how women can change themselves in the workplace in order to rise to the top. At the same time, she is sensitive to how difficult it can be to raise children while working hard and she writes about that subject with sophistication and thoughtful reflection on her first-hand experience.
She also talks about how the world is still largely run by men. The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
For an excellent summary of Sheryl Sandberg gets right in her book, read Forbes’ take on it here
Top Books on Empowering Women, by Women
This list includes corporate heavyweights such as Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post and well-known feminist and actress Lena Dunham, this list sets out ways to work your magic and take control of your career and ultimately, your life.