am 3. März 1999
Valian has succeeded in taking the hysteria out of sex discrimination and replacing it with cool, calm rational thinking. Though much of her text makes reference to previous research, she incorporates these references with a graceful sleight of hand that enables the layman (laywoman?) to get the gist, while making resources readily available to those who wish to pursue the details. This book should be required reading of every Chief Executive Officer, and everyone else who agrees that we have not maximized our potential until we've made it possible for every woman to contribute her share of brilliance to the world in general. Women: you're not crazy after all. Valian points out ways that our influence is compromised in today's "slow" working world. It's not just you. It's everybody with two x chromosomes. Knowledge is power. Read this book.
am 26. Juli 2000
Spells out clearly and carefully how it is that, despite the good intentions of many, women are still paid less and are in fewer positions of power within the academy. Especially helpful in explaining how subtly gender bias can exert its effect. Should be on the Must Read list for any dean or provost who is serious about addressing gender equity in hiring, promotion, retention, or pay.
am 27. April 1999
Hallelujah! Valian has not only done her homework; she's done ALL of our homework. Anybody who doubts the power of subtle discrimination to shape, and warp, women's professional lives should read this book. But all is not glum: Valian goes beyond merely cataloguing problems to offer thoughtful and creative solutions as well.