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Foreword by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel.

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 nicely or you won't get the corner office. But after 16 years working with major Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality expert, Michelle King has realised 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 organisations 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 pay rise 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 listeners 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.

©2020 Michelle P. King (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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“A passionate, practical roadmap for addressing inequality and finally making our workplaces work for women.” (Arianna Huffington)

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  • Kate Bollanou
  • 11-03-2020

Eye-opening experience!

I couldn't praise Michelle Penelope King more and all the effort that has been put into writing this book! I was always of the opinion that women do not need fixing but, ironically, I did fall into the usual trap of trying to fit into the masculine prototype of success. This book is a very much needed tool for anyone devoted to gender equity and parity in the workplace. With practical suggestions and thoroughly researched theory, this is an eye-opening experience for the readers. Her message is so important: "It's not you! It's your workplace!"

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