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"What Works for Women at Work"

An Evening with Authors Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey

Tickets Available: https://paloaltojcc.org/Events/what-works-for-women-at-work

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. 

Based on interviews with 127 successful working women, over half of them women of color, What Works for Women at Work includes of 35 years of research and presents a toolkit for getting ahead in today's workplace. 

Williams and Dempsey's analysis of working women is nuanced and in-depth, going far beyond the traditional cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approaches of most career guides for women. Throughout the book, they weave real-life anecdotes from the women they interviewed, along with quick kernels of advice like a "New Girl Action Plan," ways to "Take Care of Yourself" and even "Comeback Lines" for dealing with sexual harassment and other difficult situations.  

Upbeat, pragmatic and chock full of advice, What Works for Women at Work is an indispensable guide for working women.

OFJCC Joan WilliamsDescribed as having "something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times MagazineJoan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender and class over the past quarter century. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Hastings Foundation Chair and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams' path-breaking work helped create the field of work-family studies and modern workplace flexibility policies. 

What Works for Women at Work was praised by The New York Times Book Review: "Deftly combining sociological research with a more casual narrative style, What Works for Women at Work offers unabashedly straightforward advice in a how-to primer for ambitious women." Following its success, Sheryl Sandberg and LeanIn.org asked Joan to create short videos sharing the strategies discussed in the book. The videos have been downloaded over 975,000 times and are featured by Virgin Airlines as in-flight entertainment, seen literally around the world. Most recently, Williams co-authored a workbook companion to What Works for Women at Work, available now from NYU Press.

Williams founded Gender Bias Bingo, a web-based project aimed at providing information and tools on gender bias to professors. Williams has explored the parallels and differences between gender and racial bias in two reports. The first, "Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women in Science" has been shared over 40,000 times in the media, and the second, "Climate Control? Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering" was co-authored by the Society for Women Engineers and surveyed over 3,000 engineers. 

Williams is one of the ten most-cited scholars in her field. She has authored 11 books, over 90 academic articles and her work has been covered in publications from Oprah Magazine to The Atlantic. Her awards include the Families and Work Institute's Work Life Legacy Award (2014), the American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the ABA's Margaret Brent Women Award for Lawyers of Achievement (2006), and the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology (2004) (with Monica Biernat and Faye Crosby). In 2008, she gave the Massey Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard. Her Harvard Business Review article, "What So Many People Don't Get About the U.S. Working Class" has been read over 3.7 million times and is now the most read article in HBR's 90-plus year history. 

OFJCC Rachel Williams DempseyRachel Williams Dempsey is an attorney at Outten & Golden, a national employment law firm, where she represents employees in sex and race discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and misclassification class action lawsuits.  Previously, she served as a judicial law clerk for a federal district court judge in Los Angeles, California, and a federal circuit court judge in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2015, where she was an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. While at law school, she represented a coalition of education activists in a landmark lawsuit seeking improved funding for Connecticut schools. In addition to co-authoring What Works for Women at Work with her mother, her writing can be found in the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

This event is presented in partnership with the 92Y as part of the 7 Days of Genius Festival, a global festival celebrating the power of genius. For one week, people around the world come together to discuss, debate and incubate new genius ideas to improve lives everywhere. Come celebrate the genius of women in the workplace. 

Buy your ticket/book bundle in advance and save! Ticket/book bundle sales will close on Friday February 23rd. Paperback copies of the book will be available for sale at the event for $14.95 plus tax. 


Monday, March 5
8:00 PM
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$22 Ticket and book bundle (includes a paperback copy of the book)
$18 General Public (ticket only) | $15 Members and J-Pass holders (ticket only) | $10 Students (ticket only)
Contact: Heather Shaw | (650) 223-8678 | 

Event date: 
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way - Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Palo Alto, CA
Event Terms: 
What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479814312
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: New York University Press - January 9th, 2018