“Must reads” for women in academic research
Prepared by Rinad Beidas, PhD in concert with many colleagues on Twitter who recommended these books.
Big thanks to Jill Landsbaugh Kaar, PhD for helping make this a reality!
Girl, Stop Apologizing
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals is a Self-help book by Rachel Hollis. It follows her 2018 best-seller Girl, Wash Your Face. I
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
In Lean In, she shares her personal stories, uses research to shine a light on gender differences, and offers practical advice to help women achieve their goals. The book challenges us to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do, and serves as a rallying cry for us to work together to create a more equal world.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and Gender Divide
Ask for it: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want
Yes! Babcock’s 2 books first made me mad (Women Don’t Ask), but then inspired me to negotiate for my first job’s salary. I still use what I learned from her in my work life (e.g., negotiating workload with colleagues). - Erika Waters
The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors: Who Want a Successful Career and a Well-Balanced Life
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.
Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us about Work and Family (*not on audible)
When significant numbers of college-educated American women began, in the early twenty-first century, to leave paid work to become stay-at-home mothers, an emotionally charged national debate erupted. Karine Moe and Dianna Shandy, a professional economist and an anthropologist, respectively, decided to step back from the sometimes overheated rhetoric around the so-called mommy wars. They wondered what really inspired women to opt out, and they wanted to gauge the phenomenon’s genuine repercussions.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen Ri. Covey
Covey defines effectiveness as the balance of obtaining desirable results with caring for that which produces those results.
At the Helm: Leading your Laboratory (*Not on audible)
Since 2002, the first edition of this best-selling book has helped thousands of newly appointed principal investigators successfully transition to running their own labs. But changes in technology continue to transform the way science is done, affecting ways in which labs communicate and collaborate, organize data and supplies, and keep current on the latest developments. The culture of science has also evolved, as more scientists explore non-academic career paths, seek new ways to communicate information and ideas, and acquire skills and knowledge outside of their field. In the second edition of this book, Kathy
Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty (*Not audible)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
The most positive take on work and family I've read in a long time" New York TimesDo you struggle to balance the demands of a successful career with quality time with family and friends, your hobbies, and even a decent night's sleep?
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Rinad Beidas: I loved this one! Great for figuring out “when” to do tasks and to be more efficient with your circadian rhythms!
Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message
At last. At last this very important book has been written, encouraging women to take up all the creative space they deserve in the world. I hope it will empower legions of women to step into their greatness.
Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family
With moving personal stories, individual action plans, and a broad outline for change, Anne-Marie Slaughter reveals a future in which all of us can finally finish the business of equality for women and men, work and family.
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
"Want to know why some women's careers take off like rockets, while others' sputter (or even crash)? Hint: It's not about "leaning in" versus dropping out. This brilliant book is packed with more than 100 mistakes women make at work and the practical ways to stop doing the things that really hold them back.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
* Kerry Patterson
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
The Art of Possibility
Rosamund Stone Zander
The Myth of the Nice Girl
This looks intriguing…-Erika Waters
We Need to Talk
Talking from 9 to 5
The Art of Self-Promotion
Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You mean
Kim Malone Scott
Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
Kim Malone Scott
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Harvard Business Review – Women at Work podcast
Harvard Business review daily tips
Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less
Rinad Beidas: This changed how I think about my life and was so helpful as a full time mother who works outside of the home.
Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career
Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Rinad Beidas: This gave a really concrete road map of the transactional two way street of sponsorship; and made clear how important it is to be intentional about identifying sponsors.
Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Eva Woodward: game changer for scientific writing - I have used the principles in this book for 6+ years and found I write more in less time with significantly less emotional burden.
Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being
Letters to a Young Scientist
Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
The Coaches Guide for Women Professors
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It
What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know
Joan C Williams
Rinad Beidas: I particularly like this one because it offers multiple suggestions for various barriers so it allows for selection based on what you prefer.
Professor Mommy: Finding Work-Family Balance in Academia
Every Day is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House
Becoming a Behavioral Science Researcher
Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uk
'Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper'
Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi
Hardball for Women
Rinad Beidas: I really liked this because it provides a really thoughtful perspective on how institutional misogyny came to be and the policing role it plays in exiling women who challenge male dominance. It is really dense and doesn’t have as much of an emphasis on solutions but it was well written and a good read.
Between Grace and Grit
Dare to Lead
Pam Hull: This book transformed how I see myself as a leader and how I practice leadership. Brené applies principles from her other books to the context of the workplace; it’s not specific to academia but very relevant for (female and male) faculty at any rank and aspiring faculty. Her website also provides a workbook for a team “read-along,” which we used in my t