March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day meant both to celebrate women’s achievements and to call for further advances in gender parity. This year’s official United Nations theme for the day is #PledgeForParity. The official IWD website explains:
Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
To promote equality in the working world, we’ve rounded up three of our best recent books for women in the workplace.
The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude that Attracts Success by Grace Killelea
Named one of the 7 Most Important New Books of 2016 by Geoffrey James of Inc., predicted to “spark discussion and drive change throughout the business world” this year, The Confidence Effect addresses the gap between women’s abilities and their reticence in putting them on display. Grace Killelea offers strategies and motivation for women to speak out, take risks, and assume leadership positions with assurance. Sounds like a perfect match for this year’s International Women’s Day theme.
What more can we say? Stiletto Network is all about dynamic, ambitious women who help each other. Ryckman tells the stories of impressive existing networks and offers insights into how to create one’s own.
Negotiating is rough terrain for everyone, but a double standard makes it especially tough for women: play hardball and be seen as overly aggressive, or make concessions and expect far fewer rewards than male colleagues. Yasmin Davidds, a negotation expert who has worked with thousands of corporate leaders across the globe, has poured her expertise into illuminating the psychology of negotiation and helping women make the most of their skills in this difficult process.