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

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        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.

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A rally 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...

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A rally 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.

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      • source: San Francisco magazine
      • content: "A passionate polemic about the almost invisible role the patriarchy plays in controlling women's lives."
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      • source: New York Post
      • content: "Finally, a working mom book with attitude. The book is an inspiring reminder of how much mothers can accomplish when they decide that 'No' is not an option."
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      • source: Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of  Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
      • content: "One of Silicon Valley's most outspoken journalists challenges us to recognize that motherhood is a source of strength, not weakness. It's an unusually provocative, refreshingly candid rallying cry for a world of work that treats women fairly. Consider this book the real battle hymn of the tiger mother."
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      • source: Sallie Krawcheck, bestselling author of Own it, and Co-founder and CEO of Ellevest
      • content: "Sarah Lacy has been challenging the male-dominated culture in Silicon Valley for years, never backing down. She's paved the way for more women to stand up and speak out. Her persistence pursuit of equality is in all her work, including this necessary book."
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      • source: Kim Scott, bestselling author of Radical Candor
      • content: "The hot stew of pregnancy, motherhood, and career is utterly different for every woman. No matter what your experiences are, reading about Sarah's will help you feel more connected to yourself and to other women, and give you some specific ideas for how to find your own way to integrate all the ingredients life throws your way, and to help others find theirs."
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      • source: Claire Shipman, bestselling co-author of The Confidence Code
      • content: "A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug is exactly right. It's a great case for why motherhood isn't something to be explained away or dealt with carefully on a resume. It's actually the source of our superpowers."
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        July 31, 2017
        Business journalist Lacy (Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good) offers women statistical evidence of what they already know: that workplaces are discriminatory and women are getting a bad deal. Her central thesis is that working moms don’t have to choose between career and kids, but instead can use their parenting skills to improve their job performance. The argument is sound, but Lacy’s advice is superficial and scant and her story seems to contradict rather than support her opinions. In recounting her experiences as the founder of the news site Pando and mother of two children, Lacy comes across as reckless—disregarding warnings against traveling to a dangerous country for an assignment because “I don’t tend to respond well when someone tells me I can’t do something”—and hypocritical, willing to tolerate a workplace bully only as long as someone else was the victim. Her comment “I sit for a moment, every morning... and just savor my smug satisfaction” is illustrative of her tone. Her story seems to suggest that women can have a career and children if they’re willing to sacrifice their personal lives and even hygiene—at one point, her showers are being scheduled by a personal assistant. Chapters about gender equality in Iceland and China add heft, but make the book feel disjointed. Agent: Jim Levine, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.

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        September 15, 2017
        An impassioned guide for working women, especially working mothers, to dismantling the patriarchal systems that hold them back at work and at home, as told by a woman who shattered the mold.Like many young women, tech journalist and Pando.com founder Lacy (Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from the Global Chaos, 2011, etc.) was lied to as a child when her mother told her she had two choices: being the perfect mother or having the perfect career. Believing it to be true, she spent the first decade of adulthood completely focused on her career before committing to the "risk" of motherhood. After seeing the incredible transformative power parenthood had on her home and professional life, Lacy began to question the narrative she'd been led to believe about motherhood and career. Drawing from personal anecdotes, academic research, statistical analysis, and the experiences of other successful women founders and executives, including Sheryl Sandberg, Sheila Marcelo, and Marissa Mayer, the author works to dispel the myth that women must choose between motherhood and a career by dismantling the misconceptions of women in the workplace. Once a sexism denier herself, Lacy clearly and precisely identifies the active negative role the patriarchy plays in the lives of working mothers, from the microaggressions of benevolent sexism from other women to the blatant misogynistic business practices that work to hold women back at work. Brick by brick, she breaks down the maternal bias to reveal that parenthood has been proven, both anecdotally and statistically, to benefit not only employees on the job, but also the companies they work for. Though written with a focus on working mothers, Lacy's feminist manifesto speaks to the universal experiences of sexism and misogyny all women face in the workplace and in society at large. A fierce and persuasive call to action that demands women, especially millennials, rethink the relationship between maternity and career ambitions.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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