The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work by Michelle P. King

Published March 2020 

Available in the Richland Library  collection in print and eBook. 

For years, we’ve been telling women that in order to succeed at work, they have to change  themselves first—lean in, negotiate like a man, don’t act too nice or you’ll never get the corner  office. But after sixteen years working with major Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality  expert, Michelle King has realized one simple truth—the tired advice of fixing women doesn’t fix  anything. 

The truth is that workplaces are gendered; they were designed by men for men. Because of this,  most organizations unconsciously carry the idea of an “ideal worker,” typically a straight, white  man who doesn’t have to juggle work and family commitments. Based on King’s research and  exclusive interviews with major companies and thought leaders, The Fix reveals why denying the fact that women are held back just because they are women—what she calls gender denial—is  the biggest obstacle holding women back at work and outlines the hidden sexism and invisible barriers women encounter at work every day. Women who speak up are seen as pushy. Women  who ask for a raise are seen as difficult. Women who spend hours networking don’t get the same  career benefits as men do. Because women don’t look like the ideal worker and can’t behave  like the ideal worker, they are passed over for promotions, paid less, and pushed out of the  workforce, not because they aren’t good enough, but because they aren’t men. 

In this fascinating and empowering book, King outlines the invisible barriers that hold women  back at all stages of their careers, and provides readers with a clear set of takeaways to thrive  despite the sexist workplace, as they fight for change from within. Gender equality is not about  women, and it is not about men—it is about making workplaces work for everyone. Together, we  can fix work, not women. ~ From the Publisher

 

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