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7 Myths about Women and Work


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Catherine Fox is deputy editor of AFR Boss magazine and writes a weekly column, `Corporate Woman', for the Australian Financial Review. She joined the AFR in 1989 and has held a variety of positions, including marketing and Smart Money editor, and court reporter.


Award-winning journalist Fox (deputy editor, AFR BOSS; Better Than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work) systematically dispels seven myths about women and work: these state that workplaces are meritocracies, the gender gap is exaggerated, women don't want the top jobs, women with children don't want a career, quotas and targets are dangerous and unnecessary, women should act more like men (and are their own worst enemies), and time will heal all. Focusing on the stereotypes of women in the Australian workplace, Fox presents evidence from companies such as the not-for-profit U.S. firm Catalyst to prove that the notion that "women don't ask" for promotions is false. The author suggests different approaches to "myth busting" and maintains that "normalising women's participation as leaders, decision-makers, and workers in all walks of life has driven me to attack the myths." The chapters are complete with case studies and extensive bibliographical references for further reading. VERDICT A groundbreaking look at women in the workplace. The author's expertise and research will reach business professionals, students, and those researching women's studies or workplace-related issues. Informative, thought provoking, and highly recommended.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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