Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Williams on Playing the Femininity Card at Work

Joan Williams (Hastings) previews her new book, What Works for Women at Work in the Washington Post.

I'm always a big fan of Williams' work.  But I'm not thrilled with what she finds here.  Frankly, it's a pretty depressing view of the work world.  She finds that women still have to play the femininity card in order to be successful in the work place.  Her research suggest that women need to soft sell their ideas and leadership in a "feminine" nurturing kind of gentle way rather than be critical or assertive.   Or in another post, the suggestion is that women need to strike a power pose like Beyonce or Wonder Woman (seriously ? with or withou bustier?).  When can women just be normal?  That would be a revolution. 


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Agreed. I am amazed at the sanguine reception to this by the great majority of commenters I have seen. Two links you may enjoy:

Interesting tweet (critical of Gender Judo) by woman diplomat and Brookings Fellow at https://twitter.com/tcwittes/status/427547512577482752

Very astute comment from POV of minority male professonal in Washington Post Comments Section for the “Gender Judo” article. See "Jay Taylor"1/28/2014 6:54 p.m.

Posted by: Maureen Murphy | Jan 31, 2014 4:02:09 PM

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