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Deborah Liu

10 New Rules for Women at Work

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    Mind the gap

    It starts early and subtly. Young girls are called bossy; young boys are deemed natural leaders. Girls are prompted to put others before themselves; boys are encouraged to compete. Females are praised for being demure; males for being dominant. So is it any wonder that by the time women reach adulthood and enter the workforce, we occupy less than a quarter of board seats in Fortune 500 companies?

    The first step to reclaiming power in the workplace is seeing the playing field for what it is: unbalanced. Unlike men, women have to choose between power and praise. This complex double bind and its implications can be hard to confront, but we must. Only then can we go about setting things right.

    It’s crucial that we educate ourselves and others on the realities of being a woman in the workforce, such as the “invisible tax” that plagues women who decide to have kids. In heterosexual relationships, on average, the husband will enjoy a six percent increase in salary for each child he has, while the wife will suffer a four percent decrease. Over the course of their careers, working moms in the United States can see their earnings take a hit of over 30 percent.

    With our eyes open to inequalities like these, we can commit to calling out the insidious ways we – and those around us – are contributing to the problem. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, famously did this in 2016 when a woman shared that she was encouraging her granddaughters to “date the nerd” at school in case he becomes the next tech titan. Zuckerberg’s response perfectly models the shift in narrative that we can each enact: “Even better would be to encourage them to be the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor!”

    While it’s frustrating to face the far-reaching inequalities women encounter in the workplace, it’s imperative to acknowledge them, educate ourselves about them, and resolve to flip the script in ways both large and small. If we want more women in Fortune 500 companies, the very least we can do is stop calling them “bossy.”

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    What is Take Back Your Power about?

    Take Back Your Power (2022) is part memoir, part practical guide to making your mark as a woman in the workplace. Through a wide-ranging selection of anecdotes from women at the top of their fields, it offers ten rules for career success and shares the mindsets and strategies that make each possible.

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    Take Back Your Power (2021) by Deborah Liu offers insightful strategies for reclaiming control over our lives and creating lasting change. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical tools and techniques that empower individuals to overcome obstacles and make positive changes.
    • With its engaging stories and relatable examples, the book offers real-life inspiration for taking charge and transforming our lives.
    • By addressing the intersection of personal growth and empowerment, the book offers unique perspectives that keep readers captivated and motivated throughout.

    Who should read Take Back Your Power?

    • Female business leaders and employees
    • People from underrepresented backgrounds looking to make their mark at work
    • Men committed to fostering equality in the workplace

    About the Author

    Deborah Liu is an American tech executive who has held senior roles at eBay, PayPal, and Facebook. Today, Liu is the president and CEO of Ancestry and serves on the boards of Intuit and Women in Product. Liu was named one of Business Insider’s Most Powerful Female Engineers in 2018 and Entrepreneur’s 100 Women of Influence in 2022. She is a current member of the Committee of 100.

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