A Uterus Is A Feature, Not A Bug: The Working Woman's Guide To Overthrowing The Patriarchy by Sarah LacyA Uterus Is A Feature, Not A Bug: The Working Woman's Guide To Overthrowing The Patriarchy by Sarah Lacy

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

bySarah Lacy

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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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.

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 o...
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Title:A Uterus Is A Feature, Not A Bug: The Working Woman's Guide To Overthrowing The PatriarchyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.05 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062641816

ISBN - 13:9780062641816

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“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.”