Synopses & Reviews
Theres never been a better time to be woman. We live in an era when girls are told they can do anything. So why arent we seeing more women rising to the top ranks of corporations and the government? Why dont our girls have more women in leadership roles to look up to?
Women Who Dont Wait in Line is an urgent wake-up call from politico and activist Reshma Saujani. The former New York City Deputy Public Advocate and founder of the national nonprofit Girls Who Code argues that aversion to risk and failure is the final hurdle holding women back in the workplace. Saujani advocates a new model of female leadership based on sponsorship—where women encourage each other to compete, take risks, embrace failure, and lift each other up personally and professionally.
Woven throughout the book are lessons and stories from accomplished women like Susan Lyne, Randi Zuckerberg, Mika Brzezinski, and Anne-Marie Slaughter, who have faced roadblocks and overcome them by forging new paths, being unapologetically ambitious, and never taking no for an answer. Readers are also offered a glimpse into Saujanis personal story, including her immigrant upbringing and the insights she gleaned from running a spirited campaign for U.S. Congress in 2010.
Above all else, Women Who Dont Wait in Line is an inspiring call from a woman who is still deep in the trenches. Saujani aims to ignite her fellow women—and enlist them in remaking America.
New York City Deputy Advocate Reshma Saujani asks why women, in an era where they are told they can do anything, still havent joined the top ranks of corporations or government. Saujani charts the paths of accomplished women, encouraging all women to take risks, compete, embrace failure, and build support through a twenty-first-century sisterhood.
In an era where girls are told they can do anything, why arent we seeing more women in the top ranks of corporations and government? In Women Who Dont Wait In Line
, Reshma Saujani, former New York City Deputy Advocate, argues that the ambition gap is the final hurdle holding women back in the workplace. She advocates a new model of sponsorship where women encourage each other to compete, take risks, embrace failure, and build a community of support. Each chapter in the book offers a lesson or story from accomplished women who have faced road blocks and overcome them by forging a new path. Readers also get glimpses into Reshmas personal story—including how her parents, who were political refugees in Uganda, fled to the United States in the 70s, and the insight she gleaned from losing a spirited 2010 bid for a seat in Congress in New Yorks 14th Congressional District. Women Who Dont Wait In Line
is an inspiring call to action that aims to ignite women—and enlist them in remaking America.
About the Author
RESHMA SAUJANI is the former NYC Deputy Public Advocate and the founder of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that prepares underserved girls for careers in science and technology. She ran for U.S. Congress in New Yorks 14th District as a Democrat in 2010.
Table of Contents
1. Fail Fast, Fail First, Fail Hard 1
2. Unapologetically Ambitious 21
3. Dont Worry if They Dont Like You 37
4. Follow Your Bliss 54
5. Be Authentic 66
6. Building a Sisterhood for the Twenty-First Century 86
7. Taking It to the Streets 103