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Publisher's Summary

A rally 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.
Working mothers aren't a liability. They are assets you - and every manager and executive - want in your company, in your investment portfolio, and in your corner.
There is copious academic research showing the benefits of working mothers on families and the benefits to companies who give women longer and more flexible parental leave. There are even findings that demonstrate women with multiple children actually perform better at work than those with none or one.
Yet despite this 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 80 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.
Fortunately, this prejudice is slowly giving way to new attitudes, thanks to more women starting their own businesses, and companies like Netflix, Facebook, Apple, and Google implementing more parent-friendly policies. But the most important barrier to change isn't about men. Women must rethink the way they see themselves after giving birth. As entrepreneur Sarah Lacy makes clear in this cogent, persuasive analysis and clarion cry, the strongest, most lucrative, and most ambitious time of a woman's career may easily be after she sees a plus sign on a pregnancy test.
©2017 Sarah Lacy (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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2 out of 5 stars
By Prettybird on 06-21-18

A memoir, not a guide

If you're looking for a story about ONE woman's journey through the patriarchy filled with quips about her children and stories about her life, this is for you. If you're looking for research, new ideas, or information about the patriarchy itself (that you cannot glean from the books she cites herself), or a book that allows you space for your own process... then meh. I was disappointed that this book really was just a story about Sarah Lacy. Not about the patriarchy. She's powerful, successful, and has a very unique life. I found it neither informative nor relatable. There were a few good lines that I appreciated, but generally, meh.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caye Polanco on 03-08-18

The tools you need to have a successful career

Would you consider the audio edition of A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug to be better than the print version?

I started reading this book after finishing Brotopia and feeling down about the future of women in tech. Although well researched, Brotopia does not highlight what successful women in tech look like. As a tech founder of a growing tech company myself, I knew that was only a partial story. So I was hungry to find more information.

Sarah Lacy's book was exactly what I needed. She opens up to tell you her story. How she got to where she is, not all roses as Lacy herself faced a bunch of sexism at multiple stages. But the book also talks about how she over come those challenges and embraced who she was to succeed. She also gives powerful examples of around the world were women are leading the way.

Lacy's book is empowering and eye opening. Would def recommend it.

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