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What did you love best about Reset?
Ellen Pao courageously spoke the truth. She took on venture capitalists with unlimited resources to tell all about a seriously broken industry and work culture. Ellen did everything she could think of to be successful (including making Kleiner millions) and it still wasn't enough.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ellen of course! I am so thankful that someone finally wrote about these issues. Women have been "leaning in" for decades, and we are losing ground. She is right, there needs to be a reset. As she recounts the abuse she suffered, the pointless hurdles she jumped, she realized, despite her pedigreed background and endless striving, that she was in an unwinnable game. Her courageous act of telling her story might change this. I hope it does!
Which character – as performed by Emily Woo Zeller – was your favorite?
As an audible addict, I definitely think Emily is one of the top 5 narrators in the game. She is great and she has the perfect voice to give life to Ellen's prose.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were too many to list. Because so many of the situations made me feel like saying "me too." I am not alone.
Any additional comments?
Ellen --- you should compile a follow up to Reset of the letters you received from people. All their stories.... like how after Liz Gilbert wrote Eat, Pray Love, she compiled a book of her fans entitled "Eat, Pray Love Made Me Do It."
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I first heard about Ellen Pao when our local paper covered her lawsuit against her employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers for gender discrimination. It was no surprise that she lost the case.
This book primarily discusses her case of gender inequality in the science and business world. Pao has her degree in engineering from Princeton, a law degree from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard. Pao describes the problem women have in male-dominated fields. She says ambitious women are seen as aggressive. I have found this is a common theme in many books about gender inequality. As a female scientist I also have been subjected to many of the various tactics described in the book. I am much older than Pao so what we faced in many ways was far worse than she encountered. I remember in high school having to fight the school administration to be allowed into science classes. Then I was the only female in the class.
Pao tells of her life as a child in Maplewood, New Jersey growing up in a high-achieving Chinese immigrant family. She tells of her education and life in the business world. She also describes the treatment she received from men during and after her lawsuit. The last part of the book is about the work she is doing and the organization she has started to create diversity in the tech industry.
The book is well written. The pernicious misogyny she describes is a common problem faced by most women over the years and it only gets worse the higher women try to climb in their field.
I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is almost eleven hours long. Emily Woo Zeller did a great job narrating the book. Zeller is an Audie nominated narrator and has earned multiple Earphone and SOVRS awards. She also received Audiofile magazines Best Voice Award in 2013 and 2015.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed listening to this well-written and well-performed book. I recommend it, especially to those people who have experienced microaggressions, victimisation or outright discrimination at the workplace.
What a courageous and inspiring book! Would highly recommend it! Thank you for sharing your story!