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Break the Mold, Lead the Way

By Reshma Saujani

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-544-02778-7
Publisher: Amazon/New Harvest

A challenge to the dynamics of women in the workplace.

After losing her run for Congress, Saujani—former New York City deputy public advocate and the founder of Girls Who Code—felt like a failure. However, she soon realized that just by entering the race, she had proven to herself that she could be a strong woman, determined to follow her dreams regardless of the odds. The author invites women and girls to step beyond the conventional parameters of females in the workplace and move into a new paradigm befitting the 21st century. She believes that fear is the biggest factor holding women back from reaching their dream jobs. By taking a leap of faith based on self-confidence, ambitions and abilities, Saujani feels women can shift consciousness and create an environment in which they receive equal pay and are encouraged to enter into more traditionally male jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. If following your dreams means quitting an unsatisfying but stable job, she writes, then quit. Defy the odds and live a more fulfilling life. Part pep talk, part battle cry, Saujani believes sponsorship and a supportive sisterhood are keys to changing the "old model of feminism," which she believes is holding women back. "Consider this a call to action,” she writes, “an anthem to inspire women and enlist them in remaking America….We must change how we think about leadership, how we apply for jobs, how we teach our daughters, what we dream, and how we go for it. We must teach ourselves not to wait, that our time is now."

A passionate call for women to rise above the expected norms in order to live productive, authentic lives.