We are so excited to announce August's pick for Gild Book Club! This month we will be reading A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy by Sarah Lacy. This book is a rallying cry for working mothers everywhere that demolishes the "distracted, emotional, weak" stereotype and definitively shows that these professionals are more focused, decisive, and stronger than any other force.
Despite the concrete proof that working mothers are a lucrative asset, they still face the "Maternal Wall"—widespread unconscious bias about their abilities, contributions, and commitment. Nearly eighty percent of women are less likely to be hired if they have children—and are half as likely to be promoted. Mothers earn an average $11,000 less in salary and are held to higher punctuality and performance standards. Forty percent of Silicon Valley women said they felt the need to speak less about their family to be taken more seriously. Many have been told that having a second child would cost them a promotion.
We will be posting our takeaways on September 4th, so you have all month to dive in. To keep you on track, here is a general guideline of what we’ll be reading each week so you can finish along with us!
August 2-8: Chapters 1-4
August 9-15: Chapters 5-9
August 16-22: Chapters 10-13
August 23-31: Chapter 14-17