Women Don't Ask Negotiation and the Gender Divide

ISBN-10: 069108940X
ISBN-13: 9780691089409
Edition: 2003
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Description: When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: "More men ask. The women just don't ask." It turns out that whether they want higher  More...

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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/22/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: "More men ask. The women just don't ask." It turns out that whether they want higher salaries or more help at home, women often find it hard to ask. Sometimes they don't know that change is possible--they don't know that they can ask. Sometimes they fear that asking may damage a relationship. And sometimes they don't ask because they've learned that society can react badly to women asserting their own needs and desires. By looking at the barriers holding women back and the social forces constraining them,Women Don't Askshows women how to reframe their interactions and more accurately evaluate their opportunities. It teaches them how to ask for what they want in ways that feel comfortable and possible, taking into account the impact of asking on their relationships. And it teaches all of us how to recognize the ways in which our institutions, child-rearing practices, and unspoken assumptions perpetuate inequalities--inequalities that are not only fundamentally unfair but also inefficient and economically unsound. With women's progress toward full economic and social equality stalled, women's lives becoming increasingly complex, and the structures of businesses changing, the ability to negotiate is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Drawing on research in psychology, sociology, economics, and organizational behavior as well as dozens of interviews with men and women from all walks of life,Women Don't Askis the first book to identify the dramatic difference between men and women in their propensity to negotiate for what they want. It tells women how to ask, and why they should.

Preface: Why Negotiation, and Why Now?
Introduction: Women Don't Ask
Opportunity Doesn't Always Knock
A Price Higher than Rubies
Nice Girls Don't Ask
Scaring the Boys
Fear of Asking
Low Goals and Safe Targets
Just So Much and No More
The Female Advantage
Epilogue: Negotiating at Home
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index

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