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Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

By Lois P. Frankel
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Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel

This book focuses on the reasons why women often don’t make it to the top ranks in the world of business. Frankel explains how women unconsciously behave in ways that undermine their business aspirations and presents female readers with measures to consciously counteract their self-defeating behavior.

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Women are still underprivileged in the business world.

Did you know that, until 1934, an American woman would lose her citizenship if she married a man from another country? Or that, until 1977, a married West-German woman wasn’t allowed to sign her own work contract without her husband’s approval? In many Western countries, men and women weren’t equal before the law until well into the twentieth century. In fact, most American and European women weren’t even allowed to vote before the end of World War I.

Since then, women’s rights movements in many Western countries have successfully established near gender equality before the law – but when it comes to their careers, women are still at a disadvantage.

For example, women earn consistently less than men.

In the United States, Hispanic women make only 59 percent of what Hispanic men earn for the same job. And while Caucasian women fare better, they still earn only 77 percent compared to their male co-workers. Furthermore, in the first year after they finish college, female graduates already earn 8 percent less than their male peers; two decades down the line, the gap increases to 20 percent.

But this gap is not only a problem in the United States: women are less likely to hold well-paid and highly influential positions all over the world.

In fact, a modest 8 percent of all top executives worldwide are women, and there are no more than twenty female heads of state throughout the world.

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