Recommended books by Joan C. Williams

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Product picture for White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams
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"I recommend a book by Professor Williams, it is really worth a read, it's called White Working Class." -- Vice President Joe Biden on Pod Save America

An Amazon Best Business and Leadership book of 2017

Around the world, populist movements are gaining traction among the white working class. Meanwhile, members of the professional elite―journalists, managers, and establishment politicians--are on the outside looking in, left to argue over the reasons. In White Working Class, Joan...
Book cover from HBRs 10 Must Reads 2019: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year from Harvard Business Review (with bonus article Now What? by Joan C. Williams and Suzanne Lebsock) (HBRs 10 Must Reads) by Harvard Business Review
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A year's worth of management wisdom, all in one place.

We've reviewed the ideas, insights, and best practices from the past year of Harvard Business Review to keep you up-to-date on the most cutting-edge, influential thinking driving business today. With authors from Thomas H. Davenport to Michael E. Porter and company examples from Facebook to DHL, this volume brings the most current and important management conversations right to your fingertips.

This book will inspire you...
Book cover from What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know by Joan C. Williams
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Up-beat, pragmatic, and chock full of advice, What Works for Women at Work is an indispensable guide for working women.  An essential resource for any working woman, What Works for Women at Work is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman. Authored by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, writer Rachel Dempsey, this unique book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of...
Book cover from The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (The MIT Press) by Joan C. Williams
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The fourth edition of an authoritative overview, with all new chapters that capture the state of the art in a rapidly growing field.

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a flourishing interdisciplinary field that examines the transformative power of science and technology to arrange and rearrange contemporary societies. The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the field, reviewing current research and major theoretical and...
Book cover from HBRs 10 Must Reads on Women and Leadership (with bonus article Sheryl Sandberg: The HBR Interview) by Harvard Business Review
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What will it take to create a more gender-balanced workplace?

If you read nothing else on leadership and gender at work, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you understand where gender equality is today--and how far we still have to go.

This book will inspire you to:Better understand the path women must take to leadershipLearn the root causes of...
Book cover from Rethinking Commodification: Cases and Readings in Law and Culture (Critical America) by Martha Ertman
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What is the price of a limb? A child? Ethnicity? Love? In a world that is often ruled by buyers and sellers, those things that are often considered priceless become objects to be marketed and from which to earn a profit. Ranging from black market babies to exploitative sex trade operations to the marketing of race and culture, Rethinking Commodification presents an interdisciplinary collection of writings, including legal theory, case law, and original essays to reexamine the traditional legal...
Book cover from Renewable Energy: Sources For Fuels And Electricity by Martha Ertman
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Written and edited by the world's leading experts, Renewable Energy is the most comprehensive reference work on alternative energy ever published. Overall performance, cost, market potential, and environmental impact are assessed for fuels and electricity derived from hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaics, solar-thermal, geothermal, ocean, and biomass energy sources. In addition, practical and specific recommendations for promoting the adoption of renewables on a broad scale and presented and...
Book cover from Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter (The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization) by Joan C. Williams
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The United States has the most family-hostile public policy in the developed world. Despite what is often reported, new mothers don’t “opt out” of work. They are pushed out by discriminating and inflexible workplaces. Today’s workplaces continue to idealize the worker who has someone other than parents caring for their children.

Conventional wisdom attributes women’s decision to leave work to their maternal traits and desires. In this thought-provoking book, Joan Williams shows...
Book cover from What Works for Women at Work: A Workbook by Joan C. Williams
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A workbook for women with practical tips, tricks, and strategies for succeeding in the workplace.  A companion to the highly successful What Works for Women at Work, this workbook offers women a hands-on guide filled with interactive exercises, self-diagnostic quizzes, and action-oriented strategies for building successful careers.                The Workbook helps women understand their work environments and experiences and move up the professional ladder. Readers will...
Book cover from Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It by Joan C. Williams
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In Unbending Gender, Joan Williams takes a hard look at the state of feminism in America. Concerned by what she finds--young women who flatly refuse to identify themselves as feminists and working-class and minority women who feel the movement hasn't addressed the issues that dominate their daily lives--she outlines a new vision of feminism that calls for workplaces focused on the needs of families and, in divorce cases, recognition of the value of family work and its impact on women's earning...