How Diverse Is Your Bookshelf?

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This week’s episode shines the spotlight on the representation of women on our big screens, little screens, conference daises, and bookshelves. It’s worth taking some time to consider the messages we receive from all forms of entertainment and education and whether we are getting a balanced view of the world. If you come to the realization that your bookshelf needs more female authors on it, never fear, we have a list of some favorite female authors and books. Check them out! Tweet your favorites to @UnravelingPink and we’ll add them to the list.

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The Unraveling Pink’s Brain Trust List of fav female authors and books:

  • Arundhati Roy, “God of Small Things”
  • Ntozage Shange, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Loung Ung, “First They Killed My Father”
  • Ayn Rand
  • Kate Germano, “Fight Like A Girl”
  • Julie Kratz, “ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality”
  • Amy Waninger, “Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career”
  • Jennifer Brown, “Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & the Will to Change”
  • Iris Bohnet, “What Works: Gender Equality by Design”

Another list of favorite female-authored business books:

  • Shona Brown and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, “Competing on the Edge:  Strategy as Structured Chaos”
  • Andrea Kates, “Find Your Next: Using the Business Genome Approach to Find your Company’s Next Competitive Edge”
  • Angeles Arrien, “The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary”
  • Rayona Sharpnack, “Trade Up: Five Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership and Your Life from the Inside Out”
  • Gail Larsen, “Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story”

Must Boys Be Boys? The Impact of Design on Women

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With the recent public discourse around “boys being boys” and the associated impact on women, I spent some time looking at how our world and communities are designed. What I found (which won’t surprise most women) is that most aspects of the world we encounter are not designed with women in mind — likely because they are often designed without the input of women. This episode dives a bit into how our communities, tech, and other aspects of our lives are designed, and sheds some light on how those designs impact women. It’s clear that we could use some re-designing, and that includes some social redesigning to move away from the harmful societal expectation that “boys will be boys.”

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