Breaking Through Bias

Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work

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Pub Date 03 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 01 Jan 2022
Nicholas Brealey US, Nicholas Brealey Publishing

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More than fifty years after the beginning of the Women's Movement, women are still not "making it" in traditionally male careers.

Women start their careers on parity with men but generally end them far earlier, having achieved less status, lower compensation, and less satisfaction than men. Breaking Through Bias explains that it is the stereotypes about women, men, work, leadership, and family that hold women back, and it presents an integrated set of communication techniques that women can use to avoid the discriminatory consequences of these stereotypes.

This highly practical book makes clear that women don't need to change who they are to succeed in their chosen careers, and they certainly don't need to act more like men. Women do, however, need to be attuned to the negative gender stereotypes that surround them; they need to anticipate the biases these stereotypes foster, and they need to manage the impressions they make to avoid or overcome these biases.

Breaking Through Bias presents unique, practical, and effective advice about how women can at last break through gender bias in the workplace and win at the career advancement game.

More than fifty years after the beginning of the Women's Movement, women are still not "making it" in traditionally male careers.

Women start their careers on parity with men but generally end them...

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Such a strong empowering read. Was able to reflect on my own actions and mannerisms at work. Felt like i had my own pocketbook of best tips and tricks to help me in the workforce. Amazing. Also full of great resources. . I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Breaking Through Bias (Second Edition) by Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris is a book designed to help the reader understand stereotypes and develop communication techniques to address daily biases. The book is separated into several sections including understanding gender stereotypes, communicating with yourself, communicating with others, and communicating in difficult situations. Compared to the first edition, the second edition primarily updates the later sections and implements new communication techniques they have learned since the first edition. I found the writing easy to read, well-researched, and I enjoyed the commentary from Andrea and Alton throughout the chapters. I also appreciated the key takeaways at the end of each chapter. I will continue to refer to this book as I find it a valuable resource to improve my communication, especially when I return to the job market. I highly recommend this book for all women, especially professional women working in male-dominated fields.

Many thanks to the publisher Nicholas Brealey Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.

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This is a book written to help the reader (women) understand stereotypes (specifically in the workplace) and develop techniques to overcome them and have a successful career. There are sections on understanding stereotypes and communication (with yourself, with others, in difficult situations).
As a person who has read quite a bit on this topic and attended courses to overcome these same biases, I didn't find that it contained anything particularly new. It seems well-researched, although much of the research is found in similar books.
I liked the way at the end of each chapter there's a series of key takeways in the form of a summary (as a form of "say what you're going to say, say it, then say what you said" to help retain the information) which can be referred to for a quick recap.
This book can be useful if you are not already familiar with the topic or you're relatively new to it.

This is an honest review of an ARC. Many thanks to NetGalley and Nicholas Brealey Publishing for the free copy.

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