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From career coach and founder of the startup Ladies Get Paid—the eponymous organization leading the fight for equality in the workplace—comes an empowering guide to provide you with the tools to strategically navigate the workplace, achieve success, and become a true leader. Claire Wasserman has one goal for women: Rise up and get paid. As the founder of Ladies Get Paid, C From career coach and founder of the startup Ladies Get Paid—the eponymous organization leading the fight for equality in the workplace—comes an empowering guide to provide you with the tools to strategically navigate the workplace, achieve success, and become a true leader. Claire Wasserman has one goal for women: Rise up and get paid. As the founder of Ladies Get Paid, Claire has worked her entire adult life to promote gender equality in the workplace. If you’re looking to navigate a promotion or break the glass ceiling, Ladies Get Paid is your essential toolkit for achieving success. Filled with straightforward advice and inspiring stories, Ladies Get Paid encourages self-advocacy and activism as a way to advance your career and make more money. Covering topics as crucial and varied as how to find the perfect mentor, how to negotiate a raise, and how to become a leader, Ladies Get Paid is a reminder that you are valuable—both as an individual woman and as part of the female community. And ultimately, it’s about more than your wallet—it’s about your worth.


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From career coach and founder of the startup Ladies Get Paid—the eponymous organization leading the fight for equality in the workplace—comes an empowering guide to provide you with the tools to strategically navigate the workplace, achieve success, and become a true leader. Claire Wasserman has one goal for women: Rise up and get paid. As the founder of Ladies Get Paid, C From career coach and founder of the startup Ladies Get Paid—the eponymous organization leading the fight for equality in the workplace—comes an empowering guide to provide you with the tools to strategically navigate the workplace, achieve success, and become a true leader. Claire Wasserman has one goal for women: Rise up and get paid. As the founder of Ladies Get Paid, Claire has worked her entire adult life to promote gender equality in the workplace. If you’re looking to navigate a promotion or break the glass ceiling, Ladies Get Paid is your essential toolkit for achieving success. Filled with straightforward advice and inspiring stories, Ladies Get Paid encourages self-advocacy and activism as a way to advance your career and make more money. Covering topics as crucial and varied as how to find the perfect mentor, how to negotiate a raise, and how to become a leader, Ladies Get Paid is a reminder that you are valuable—both as an individual woman and as part of the female community. And ultimately, it’s about more than your wallet—it’s about your worth.

30 review for Ladies Get Paid: The Ultimate Guide to Breaking Barriers, Owning Your Worth, and Taking Command of Your Career

  1. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Trono

    Women in the workforce has been an ongoing conversation in my friend group lately. Not only has the coronavirus taken hundreds of thousands of American lives, but this pandemic has also highlighted many systemic inequalities that have been bubbling under the surface for way too long. In September alone, more than 850,000 women left the workforce, 4 times as many as men. (Pallavi Gogoi, NPR) Why do you ask? Working has become almost impossible for many parents during the last 7 months and women ar Women in the workforce has been an ongoing conversation in my friend group lately. Not only has the coronavirus taken hundreds of thousands of American lives, but this pandemic has also highlighted many systemic inequalities that have been bubbling under the surface for way too long. In September alone, more than 850,000 women left the workforce, 4 times as many as men. (Pallavi Gogoi, NPR) Why do you ask? Working has become almost impossible for many parents during the last 7 months and women are facing the brunt of it...and a large part of this is the gender pay gap. In many households, men make more money even if they hold the same job titles. "So when couples have to take an economic decision because women typically earn less, they are the ones who take the step back" (Pallavi Gogoi, NPR), and never has this been more clear than during this 2020 pandemic. Ladies Get Paid could not have come at a better time, as Claire Wasserman takes on how to promote gender equality in the workplace. As the founder of a women's career development organization, Wasserman's writing is clear and approachable and filled with valuable tools on how to broach empowering conversations, negotiating pay, and more. Wasserman's goal is to promote the idea that talking about money and what we are worth is not only important but necessary...and something that many of us still find taboo, and it begins with speaking up. I found this book to be incredibly informative and inspiring and I love the idea that every small step really is significant for all of us. Thank you to Gallery Books for a gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I expected Ladies Get Paid to be focused on the financial side of our careers. I went into this book expecting to read about negotiating salary, bonuses, benefits, and total compensation packages but it is so much more than that. It’s full of case studies of women who have faced struggles in the workplace and how they adjusted course to find the path that was best suited for them. They won’t all apply to your specific situation but some of them hit very close to home for me. One of the areas I’ve I expected Ladies Get Paid to be focused on the financial side of our careers. I went into this book expecting to read about negotiating salary, bonuses, benefits, and total compensation packages but it is so much more than that. It’s full of case studies of women who have faced struggles in the workplace and how they adjusted course to find the path that was best suited for them. They won’t all apply to your specific situation but some of them hit very close to home for me. One of the areas I’ve personally struggled with has always been in feeling like I need to keep my head down, focus on my work, and let my results speak for themselves and Ladies Get Paid addressed that exact feeling multiple times. It pushed me to move outside of my comfort zone and speak to women in my life about it. I found that they felt the exact way and now we’re working to push each other to speak up and be more visible in our careers. It might be a tiny thing such as turning on our cameras during remote meetings but that visibility does help! While I won’t say that I felt like there was anything shared in Ladies Get Paid that was stunningly new information it did reinforce very important and powerful messages. It also helped me reach a place where I felt empowered to reclaim my worth and expectations around my career and my goals. I was struggling with imposter syndrome worse than ever before and this book helped push me out of that and into a new level of self-belief and confidence. Each chapter focuses on a different struggle facing women in the workplace and provides questions that make us do a deep dive into ourselves to identify our areas of strength and what is holding us back. I read this as an eBook and found I needed to dig out a new journal to use as a companion so I could answer the questions and make notes. By the end, I found that I had drafted goals for 2021 and made a plan to actively pursue the promotion I’ve been hoping to earn. I feel empowered, which is exactly what I was hoping to feel after reading Ladies Get Paid. I’ve already recommended it to many of my colleagues and women in my professional groups. It’s a great book to have on your bookshelves. I am absolutely certain you’ll find yourself reaching for it again, and again, and again when you need a big dose of female empowerment to get yourself back on track.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Butland

    This book shouldn't need to exist. It's 2021 and this book should be irrelevant but because it is still needed it may be the most important book you read this year, man or woman. If you are working for/ in a company this book provides insight on the struggle it is for some to be proud of working for the same company you may be thriving in. Wasserman did her research and lived through the struggles of being a female in the workforce. Fighting for equal compensation while working to balance respect This book shouldn't need to exist. It's 2021 and this book should be irrelevant but because it is still needed it may be the most important book you read this year, man or woman. If you are working for/ in a company this book provides insight on the struggle it is for some to be proud of working for the same company you may be thriving in. Wasserman did her research and lived through the struggles of being a female in the workforce. Fighting for equal compensation while working to balance respect and relationships with co-workers, family and friends and figure out a balance that puts her first while still getting paid. Included in this well flowing book are useful tips and forms, letters and anecdotes to inspire you to be the change your employer and the world need to have. Please read this book, feel it and put it into action no matter where you are in your stage of life and the world. Sarah

  4. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Maybe not the best for those later in their career, but early to mid career professionals will appreciate the direct, actionable suggestions for achieving career goals and raising the bar for women everywhere.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Goldgewicht

    As someone who has been going through lots of career changes lately, this was such an important read. It’s easy to get caught up in imposter syndrome and this book is a critical reminder that we are stronger than we think.

  6. 4 out of 5

    rachnreads

    This is truly a great book for anyone at any point in their career. For me personally, I’m currently in between jobs, and I found this book (especially the first 2/3) incredibly helpful in developing and executing on a networking plan, as well as getting over imposter syndrome and helping with interview prep. I loved how this book included templates and tangible actions you could take, as well as the case studies. I find a lot of the time in self help books and career focused books, there are va This is truly a great book for anyone at any point in their career. For me personally, I’m currently in between jobs, and I found this book (especially the first 2/3) incredibly helpful in developing and executing on a networking plan, as well as getting over imposter syndrome and helping with interview prep. I loved how this book included templates and tangible actions you could take, as well as the case studies. I find a lot of the time in self help books and career focused books, there are vague suggestions on what to do rather than clear actionable items. There was lots of highlighting and sticking notes throughout pages of this book. Would highly recommend this one, and I will be revisiting it often!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Trainor

    This book was the perfect inspiration to kick-off 2021. Claire has a super straightforward tone and offers real-life examples and tangible advice for overcoming common obstacles in the workplace. I especially loved the appendix in the back that talks about policy and what actions can be taken.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Stenquist

    A very solid career and analysis book with many insights and stratagies for improving life/career. Worthwhile.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ocbookshelf

    This book really made me take a look at my own career—even though I’m only starting out—and realize that I won’t stand for a job I don’t like, a toxic manager or being undervalued. It was great to hear insights from real-life people and to learn from their stories. An excellent book to empower us as we progress in our careers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anne Logan

    Does a book cover with hot pink letters and the word “Ladies” in the title give you a certain impression of what you’ll find inside? If you’re anything like me, you may write a book off simply based on its colour scheme alone (why does it have to be pink for god’s sakes?) but if I’m being honest with myself, I love pink, and I begin lots of emails with the salutation “Ladies” so clearly I’m the target audience no matter how loathe I am to admit it. Ladies Get Paid by Claire Wasserman is for work Does a book cover with hot pink letters and the word “Ladies” in the title give you a certain impression of what you’ll find inside? If you’re anything like me, you may write a book off simply based on its colour scheme alone (why does it have to be pink for god’s sakes?) but if I’m being honest with myself, I love pink, and I begin lots of emails with the salutation “Ladies” so clearly I’m the target audience no matter how loathe I am to admit it. Ladies Get Paid by Claire Wasserman is for working women eager to get ahead in their career and willing to put in the effort to accomplish their goals. In a nutshell, this book is about pushing past your comfort zone which is something I struggle with. I love routines and predictability is my jam but the advice in this book got me all fired up so I’m excited to shared it with you. Book Summary Claire Wasserman founded a global community called Ladies Get Paid which advocates for the professional advancement of women. She advises corporations on how to champion diversity and equity in their offices, and she’s a top-notch networker. In this, her first book she includes various case studies of particular women and their experiences of transitioning careers, experiencing various forms of harassment, gunning for a promotion, and negotiating pay raises. She includes easy-to-follow advice with clear reasoning behind it on how to deal with these common roadblocks in the workplace. She weaves in a few examples of her own life, including how and why she started Ladies Get Paid, as well as an inspiring story about a famous young female U.S. politician that has a fiery disposition we all know and love. You’ll have to read the book yourself to experience that little gem for yourself! My Thoughts I appreciate how inclusive Wasserman attempts to make this book. She’s quick to point out that women of colour are routinely discriminated against in the working world, as are working mothers. She deals specifically with these issues in two separate case studies, where the women faced hurdles that would only apply to someone with a child, and someone who is not white. This may seem unnecessary to some, but by placing these problems on a continuum, it made me realize how important it is for me, a white woman, to speak out against any form of discrimination in the workplace, because it helps pave the path for women who come after me. Luckily, I work in an industry that is female-dominated and typically quite flexible when it comes to work-life balance, but not every woman has that luxury, especially in male-dominated environments like law and automotive. And before you point out that things are better than they used to be (which I agree with and acknowledge), there is still a ways to go in many work environments. My female peers, my age or younger have told me stories that made me want to burst into a fiery rage with the injustice, but Wasserman points out that fighting for everyone’s rights in the workplace is our best way to overcome these disparities. To be completely honest, reading this book sort of felt like work in itself, but that’s because I was truly learning things from it that I knew I needed to apply to my own life, so in a way, it was a form of ‘homework’ for me. It’s easy to read books about things that I already do, but reading straight talk about why I need to champion my own skills while negotiating a raise is uncomfortable to me, which is exactly why I needed to read this book. Hell, it’s why I expressed interest in it when I saw it in the publishers catalogue, because I knew it would educate me on a subject I badly needed to throw myself into. If I was really on the ball I’d be able to compare this to the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, because I imagine it deals with very similar topics, but I haven’t read that one – if anyone else has, please let me know in the comments what you thought about it. The best part about this book is its optimism; it doesn’t dwell on the fact that things are harder for women, it quickly establishes it as a fact using clear data and statistics, and then gives us a roadmap to change it. Many people have referred to the pandemic as the ‘she-cession’ because there is overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that women have had to shoulder the burden of increased childcare while daycares and schools shut down. With that in mind, this book is more important than ever because as the world rights itself again, more women will find themselves with even bigger challenges ahead of them, and it’s support that’s offered in this book that we will need to move forward. To read the rest of my reviews, please visit my blog: https://ivereadthis.com/ Sign up for my newsletter here: https://ivereadthis.com/subscribe/ Or follow me on social media! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ivereadthis/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivereadthisblog Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivereadthis YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD6E...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Claire Wasserman has one goal for women: Rise up and get paid. If you’re looking to navigate a promotion or break the glass ceiling, Ladies Get Paid is your essential toolkit for achieving success. Ladies Get Paid encourages self-advocacy and activism as a way to advance your career and make more money. Covering topics as crucial and varied as how to find the perfect mentor how to negotiate a raise and how to become a leader Ladies Get Paid is a reminder that you are valuable both as an individ Claire Wasserman has one goal for women: Rise up and get paid. If you’re looking to navigate a promotion or break the glass ceiling, Ladies Get Paid is your essential toolkit for achieving success. Ladies Get Paid encourages self-advocacy and activism as a way to advance your career and make more money. Covering topics as crucial and varied as how to find the perfect mentor how to negotiate a raise and how to become a leader Ladies Get Paid is a reminder that you are valuable both as an individual woman and as part of the female community. And ultimately, it’s about more than your wallet—it’s about your worth. Thank you, Goodreads, for a chance to read Ladies Get Paid The Ultimate Guide to Breaking Barriers, Owning Your Worth, and Taking Command of Your Career! “{Women;s lack of progress is} seen as a personal failing.” By Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, cofounder and CEO of MomsRising.org It was a very nice surprise to open this book and see that it isn't just a how-to manual. Well, I guess in a way it is that but it is sooo much more. It gives you real life stories for examples of problems that can happen in the work place but also things that happen outside of the work place. Then walks you through the steps on how to fix the problem or just finding a way to work in a system that sometimes just doesn’t seem to want us {women} in it. All in all, I liked the book it was very informative and can be a benefit to have really at any point in your life or career. Happy reading everyone

  12. 4 out of 5

    Giselle Edwards

    As a black woman in the state of Utah, I can tell you that my career history has had its ups and downs. When people think of the obstacles that women face in the workforce, they often don’t think about the differences in how different races are treated and the stigmas we face for simply trying to improve our social standing or advance in our careers. We wear more than just our work ethic. After reading Ladies Get Paid, I started using social media (more than in the past) and even started writing As a black woman in the state of Utah, I can tell you that my career history has had its ups and downs. When people think of the obstacles that women face in the workforce, they often don’t think about the differences in how different races are treated and the stigmas we face for simply trying to improve our social standing or advance in our careers. We wear more than just our work ethic. After reading Ladies Get Paid, I started using social media (more than in the past) and even started writing articles to improve my writing skills. Soon, I want to learn more about copywriting and marketing to help connect with people within my field on a more in-depth and meaningful level. I am not my job title because I bring my own skill sets to the table. A job is what you do, not everything that you are. Too often women feel they are defined only by their titles and when they lose these titles, it can feel as though their whole world is crumbling. I am ready to be more proactive in creating my own brand and not just rely on one avenue to display my talents. I have done this before and I will tell you, things can change in an instant. You’re not always going to get the credit you deserve when working for certain companies. This is where the lessons and tactics in this book come into play. Build your career plan! If you’re ready to take action when it comes to cultivating your own career growth and development, read this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tangled in Text

    "Female Fortune 500 CEO's has never risen above 6.4%. In fact, in 2018 there were more Fortune 500 CEO's named John than there were women on the list. Beyond that there are entire industries with barely any women in them" With a cover so simple and bold I was drawn to this book. It was more than I bargained for. It discussed how to network, how to write a resume, negotiate, what to ask for, how to protect yourself for those becoming mother's and how to defend and make sure you aren't replaced. It "Female Fortune 500 CEO's has never risen above 6.4%. In fact, in 2018 there were more Fortune 500 CEO's named John than there were women on the list. Beyond that there are entire industries with barely any women in them" With a cover so simple and bold I was drawn to this book. It was more than I bargained for. It discussed how to network, how to write a resume, negotiate, what to ask for, how to protect yourself for those becoming mother's and how to defend and make sure you aren't replaced. It's ridiculous the amount of obstacles and learning blocks, but they were all helpful. One thing I appreciated was the discussion about how important honesty is in how much women make in the workforce. I will tell anyone that asks how much I make because I only make that because another woman told me her salary. I was enraged at how different the gap was then after doing research realizing that I was still getting paid the equivalent of an interns salary after five years at this company! And I was happy about it! I had the exact same experience and education as my friend so that inspired me to confront my boss and I negotiated a 20% raise after showing him my research and telling him why I thought I deserved more. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE WORTH! And fight for it not just for you but for all the woman around you and that come after you!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dannielle

    The Ladies Get Paid has been an amazing community that helped me landed a role at my current company so when I hear Claire was coming out with a book, I knew I had to get a copy. The book lays out real examples from women in the community to get the points across and that's really important when talking about career related topics. It's not enough to just say, here's what you need to do and this book goes beyond the basic career advice. It offers templates and action items that can be taken if y The Ladies Get Paid has been an amazing community that helped me landed a role at my current company so when I hear Claire was coming out with a book, I knew I had to get a copy. The book lays out real examples from women in the community to get the points across and that's really important when talking about career related topics. It's not enough to just say, here's what you need to do and this book goes beyond the basic career advice. It offers templates and action items that can be taken if you're serious about your career. Which if you're here, you probably are. Weirdly enough as I was reading the book, I received LinkedIn messages and invitations to apply for more senior level roles from recruiters. Maybe it was a mindset shift I was having when reading about getting rid of my imposter syndrome and taking control of my career destiny. Or maybe it was the constant reminder that WE ARE WORTH IT and DESERVE MORE. After reading Ladies Get Paid, I feel invigorated to reset my career and take control of where it's heading instead of letting company direction determine my place. Each chapter lays out a mini manual for how you can tackle things in your own life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I wish Goodreads did half stars I sometimes need them. I probably would put this book at 3.5 stars, though I struggle with a rating. It's a good book, and can be very helpful, but it's definitely written under the assumption that the reader is already established in the corporate world and not starting from scratch when trying to create a network. That said, even someone starting from scratch, whether new to the working world or "stuck" in the hourly/low wage sector and trying to create more for I wish Goodreads did half stars I sometimes need them. I probably would put this book at 3.5 stars, though I struggle with a rating. It's a good book, and can be very helpful, but it's definitely written under the assumption that the reader is already established in the corporate world and not starting from scratch when trying to create a network. That said, even someone starting from scratch, whether new to the working world or "stuck" in the hourly/low wage sector and trying to create more for themselves, can find helpful information within the page of this book. We just have to be a little more creative and work a bit harder to translate it into the world we live in. I found the book to be well laid out, easy to follow and quite enjoyable to read. At times, I found it hard to put down, wanting to learn more about the women that were used to give real life examples of the advice in play. I definitely would recommend this read to anyone trying to get more out of their work life, or life in general. *I received a free copy for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    For someone who's just starting in their journey, this really does feel like an ultimate guide. It covers a lot and has a lot of stories/case studies, so you can contextualize the suggestions and feedback. I didn't learn a ton that was new, but I've also been looking at stuff like this for a few years, so I'm not sure that it's necessarily a negative. I appreciate that the author was thoughtful in sharing stores of Black and other minority women. A nitpick: I would've liked to see a bit more conv For someone who's just starting in their journey, this really does feel like an ultimate guide. It covers a lot and has a lot of stories/case studies, so you can contextualize the suggestions and feedback. I didn't learn a ton that was new, but I've also been looking at stuff like this for a few years, so I'm not sure that it's necessarily a negative. I appreciate that the author was thoughtful in sharing stores of Black and other minority women. A nitpick: I would've liked to see a bit more conversation about what happens when you try but are punished or some framing of the recommended techniques and case studies with privilege in mind (e.g. one case study had a women who was able to file a lawsuit for pay discrimination against her company, which is great, but how can normal people find this actionable beyond the sentiment of "nurture your belief about your power"?). I also get that in a book with all these stories, it's not really easy to deep-dive into every scenario.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    I am a white, Millennial, cis-gendered and heterosexual woman. I have a Bachelors degree, a Masters degree, and a graduate certificate from private and well-known universities. I'm frustrated with my current company, and am seeking new employment. My industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and I know this job search will be tough. With all that said, this book was exactly what I needed right now. Factual, inspiring, and supportive. I will note, however, that I feel the book is mostly catered towa I am a white, Millennial, cis-gendered and heterosexual woman. I have a Bachelors degree, a Masters degree, and a graduate certificate from private and well-known universities. I'm frustrated with my current company, and am seeking new employment. My industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and I know this job search will be tough. With all that said, this book was exactly what I needed right now. Factual, inspiring, and supportive. I will note, however, that I feel the book is mostly catered towards white, salaried women. The author does note the additional challenges of women of color at various points, but as she herself is a white, salaried woman, the perspective is somewhat limited. I highly recommend the read for women who are looking for inspiration, and need to fuel their power. And to men who want some insight on what their female colleagues deal with at work every day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Personal finance for millennials is a bit of a hobby for me, so I knew I was going to read this book as soon as it was announced. I liked the case study format of the book, and that there was both a bit of personal narrative/lived experience and some action items to work on in each chapter. The biggest takeaway, for me, was that we as women supporting women in the workplace need to understand not only how to compensate for and overcome our own perceived shortcomings, but also understand how to h Personal finance for millennials is a bit of a hobby for me, so I knew I was going to read this book as soon as it was announced. I liked the case study format of the book, and that there was both a bit of personal narrative/lived experience and some action items to work on in each chapter. The biggest takeaway, for me, was that we as women supporting women in the workplace need to understand not only how to compensate for and overcome our own perceived shortcomings, but also understand how to help our friends overcome their challenges too. The scenarios that this book goes into (imposter syndrome, perfectionism, negotiating tactics) weren't surprises, but it just gave a nice language toolkit for how to explain those things in a practical way (ie, I sent a bunch of screenshots to my friends as I was reading). Glad this book exists.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Soaringclaws

    I honestly didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did, but it's really engaging. My friends and I started reading it together as an impromptu book club and every section led to great conversations. The author went beyond negotiation into things like how we value ourselves and how to create a more inclusive workplace. The only thing that kept me from rating 5 stars is that I think I related to a lot of it from an anecdotal/personal level. I thought about sharing it with my male colleagues, b I honestly didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did, but it's really engaging. My friends and I started reading it together as an impromptu book club and every section led to great conversations. The author went beyond negotiation into things like how we value ourselves and how to create a more inclusive workplace. The only thing that kept me from rating 5 stars is that I think I related to a lot of it from an anecdotal/personal level. I thought about sharing it with my male colleagues, but I honestly don't think it would hit hard without having experienced things the author is alluding to. Not a knock on the book in general which is written to be relatable to women, but my criteria for 5 star is "would I try to get everyone to read it".

  20. 4 out of 5

    mis fit

    This was an ooookkayyy read. The author at least tries to balance the sort of "lean in" mindset and the fact that there are actual inequalities and systemic obstacles to making a decent living for many women. I've read some about imposter syndrome and, while it can be useful to name something that may be holding you back in your career, I'm not sure the idea gets at the reality of the experience-- the more people harp on it, the more it sounds like a problem with women themselves, rather than th This was an ooookkayyy read. The author at least tries to balance the sort of "lean in" mindset and the fact that there are actual inequalities and systemic obstacles to making a decent living for many women. I've read some about imposter syndrome and, while it can be useful to name something that may be holding you back in your career, I'm not sure the idea gets at the reality of the experience-- the more people harp on it, the more it sounds like a problem with women themselves, rather than their coworkers and workplaces. Overall, there wasn't a whole lot that resonated with me in this book, but someone else may find it super helpful.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kellie Schull

    I heard about this book from a conference session at work; I checked it out from the library a day later. I thought overall it was a great read! Very easy to follow, good layout to build upon the prior chapters. And good recaps along the way. The stories were relatable (sadly, as a woman) but inspiring as the women were able to pick some battles and push forward with success. It also gave some good tips to identify areas of improvement and build a plan for promotions, visibility, and collaborati I heard about this book from a conference session at work; I checked it out from the library a day later. I thought overall it was a great read! Very easy to follow, good layout to build upon the prior chapters. And good recaps along the way. The stories were relatable (sadly, as a woman) but inspiring as the women were able to pick some battles and push forward with success. It also gave some good tips to identify areas of improvement and build a plan for promotions, visibility, and collaboration.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara Shapiro-Plevan

    Claire's written a text that is both a helpful guide to getting what you want and need, and inspiring examples of women who have done just that, so that you're not untethered from real life humans who have struggled with the same issues and succeeded. This work is extremely hard, and we're all bringing our own anxieties, biases and fears--and personal experiences, too--into it. Claire's compassionate, tough and concise language helps overcome much of that and put it into practice. Claire's written a text that is both a helpful guide to getting what you want and need, and inspiring examples of women who have done just that, so that you're not untethered from real life humans who have struggled with the same issues and succeeded. This work is extremely hard, and we're all bringing our own anxieties, biases and fears--and personal experiences, too--into it. Claire's compassionate, tough and concise language helps overcome much of that and put it into practice.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meighan Middleton

    I really enjoyed this book. Claire's writing style of introducing a topic and using a case study to illustrate some of the challenges women face in the work force was very helpful. Claire offers practical and realistic advice for a variety of career challenges in a down to earth and accessible way. Her book was also exhaustively researched and references numerous HBR studies. While not every topic was relevant to me, there was something I could take away from every woman featured. I really enjoyed this book. Claire's writing style of introducing a topic and using a case study to illustrate some of the challenges women face in the work force was very helpful. Claire offers practical and realistic advice for a variety of career challenges in a down to earth and accessible way. Her book was also exhaustively researched and references numerous HBR studies. While not every topic was relevant to me, there was something I could take away from every woman featured.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and quality of the advice in this book. Self advocacy, growing market intelligence, confidence and networking. I am mid-to-late career and I found much to leverage as I look to pivot my career. I also will be purchasing this book for my daughter who is just starting in the workforce. I'd like to know more about Wasserman and her education / training and background. She seems to avoid details on this in book and social which I find suspicious. I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and quality of the advice in this book. Self advocacy, growing market intelligence, confidence and networking. I am mid-to-late career and I found much to leverage as I look to pivot my career. I also will be purchasing this book for my daughter who is just starting in the workforce. I'd like to know more about Wasserman and her education / training and background. She seems to avoid details on this in book and social which I find suspicious.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    Everyone needs to read this book! About so much more than just getting paid, it's teaches you how to determine your personal success, find your values, and then how to work to reach your goals—and feel good about it! Claire tackles overcoming imposter syndrome and navigating difficult conversations from multiple angles. I honestly almost cried at the last page, please read! If you're like me, you'll dogear every other page. Everyone needs to read this book! About so much more than just getting paid, it's teaches you how to determine your personal success, find your values, and then how to work to reach your goals—and feel good about it! Claire tackles overcoming imposter syndrome and navigating difficult conversations from multiple angles. I honestly almost cried at the last page, please read! If you're like me, you'll dogear every other page.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Flier

    This book was FANTASTIC. Even if you think you already know about the wage gap, this book goes into so much more than just how to negotiate for a better salary, although that’s certainly part of it. It’s a guide to how to have a more successful and fulfilling career doing what makes you happy in a healthy and supportive environment. Can’t recommend enough!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I really enjoyed reading Claire’s book! She offers tangible next steps and real life examples that focus on how you can advocate for yourself. I’ve been a member of Ladies Get Paid for a few years and I’m so excited to see Claire tell her story of founding an awesome community as well!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Snell

    This is a must read for any working woman (and honestly, man too). Gets you motivated, valued, and feel supported as you navigate your working life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine Merrill

    A fantastic resource if you're a woman at the beginning of your career, considering a career move or a psyching up for a negotiation! Would make a great gift for any recent female graduates! A fantastic resource if you're a woman at the beginning of your career, considering a career move or a psyching up for a negotiation! Would make a great gift for any recent female graduates!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    A helpful book that inspires hope and lights a fire within you! Not totally applicable to all careers but nonetheless, it included helpful information.

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