Summer reading from the Clayman Institute: July picks

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Summer reading from the Clayman Institute: July picks

For July, we recommend “Cut Adrift,” “What Women Want” and “What Works for Women at Work”

by Gender News staff on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 11:15am

sunglasses and bookTake time this summer to mull over a great book—or better yet, several great books. Each month, the Clayman Institute will suggest thought-provoking summer reads that stimulate discussion. For July, our picks include “Cut Adrift,” “What Women Want” and “What Works for Women at Work.” Follow the links below to read more about each of these books in Gender News.


Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times

Marianne Cooper

Cut Adrift makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Set against the backdrop of rising economic insecurity and rolled-up safety nets, Marianne Cooper’s probing analysis explores what keeps Americans up at night. Through poignant case studies, she reveals what families are concerned about, how they manage their anxiety, whose job it is to worry, and how social class shapes all of these dynamics, including what is even worth worrying about in the first place.  This powerful study is packed with intriguing discoveries ranging from the surprising anxieties of the rich to the critical role of women in keeping struggling families afloat. Read more in Gender News >





What Women Want coverWhat Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement

Deborah Rhode

American women fare worse than men on virtually every major dimension of social status, financial well-being and physical safety. Women assume disproportionate burdens in the home and pay a heavy price in the workplace. Yet these issues are not political priorities. Nor is there a consensus that there still is a serious problem. In "What Women Want," Deborah L. Rhode, one of the nation's leading scholars on women and law, brings to the discussion a broad array of interdisciplinary research as well as interviews with heads of leading women's organizations. Is the women's movement stalled? What are the major obstacles it confronts? What are its key priorities and what strategies might advance them? In addressing those questions, the book explores virtually all of the major policy issues confronting women. Read more in Gender News >



Williams book coverWhat Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know

Joan Williams

An essential resource for any working woman, "What Works for Women at Work' is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman. Authored by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, writer Rachel Dempsey, this unique book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of today’s workplace. Often women receive messages that they have only themselves to blame for failing to get ahead: "Negotiate more!" "Stop being such a wimp!" "Stop being such a witch!" Williams tells women it’s not their fault. The simple fact is that office politics often benefit men over women. Read more in Gender News >