Women face gender discrimination throughout our careers. It doesn't have to derail our ambitions — but how do we prepare to deal with it? There's no workplace orientation session about narrowing the wage gap, standing up to interrupting male colleagues, or taking on many other issues we encounter at work. So HBR staffers Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo, and Emily Caulfield are untangling some of the knottiest problems. They interview experts on gender, tell stories about their own experiences, and give lots of practical advice to help you succeed in spite of the obstacles.
Is Entrepreneurship Right for Me? (from New Here)
It’s a question that so many of us are grappling with. Should I quit corporate life and pursue my passion project? Today in this episode from our colleagues at New Here—HBR's podcast for young professionals—we’ll help you think through the possibilities and trade-offs, as we learn from one woman’s experiences leaving corporate life to build her own business. You’ll learn which of her fears were warranted, how she battled loneliness, managed her money, and whether or not she is actually happier working for herself.
Ever Consider Joining a Board?
Eight women who’ve been on boards share how they landed a seat, gained confidence in the role, and found unexpected personal and professional benefits in the work. We hope their perspectives and advice will encourage you to consider trying it yourself some day. Ellen Zane, who runs a Harvard workshop for women interested in board work, gives further insight based on her deep experience as a director for nonprofits and private and public companies.
Ask the Amys
What if one of your first assignments at a new job was to fire people? What should you do if the person leading a project you’re on isn’t giving clear direction, demands that you work nights and weekends, bristles at your feedback—and leadership tells you to fall in line? These are two of the five situations that Amy B and Amy G talk through in this episode. They offer advice to the women who wrote in with their questions, with the hope that it will help them and anyone who’s been in a similar situation, or might be one unfortunate day.
So Many Feelings. Too Many?
Liz Fosslien believes “the future of work is emotional.” The Amys revisit our 2020 conversation with her and fellow organizational consultant Mollie West Duffy about the good that can come from being vulnerable with colleagues, and Fosslien returns to reassess where the line between vulnerability and oversharing is today.
Should I Change My Last Name?
If you plan to get married, do you see yourself keeping or changing your last name? How much, if at all, does your career factor into that decision? Our associate producer, who’s engaged, spoke with three recently married women about the professional considerations that factored into their decisions. Hannah and the Amys then join former co-host Nicole Torres to discuss how their names are connected to their personal brands.
ADHD Is Different for Women
Two women who have ADHD—one’s a psychologist and the other a life coach—describe what the disorder is and how it messes with the brain’s executive functions, like inhibition and emotional regulation. They give advice for managing the symptoms, asking for help at work, and what to do if what we’re talking about sounds an awful lot like your life.
So comforting to hear these women say what I think out loud!
I can’t thank you enough for this content. So many thoughts go through my head at work every day. Many that I can’t find the space to release. To hear you speak about the challenges and fears that I’ve faced and heard in such a real way is so refreshing. I’ve mostly had male managers and it’s always felt like they see things differently. Thank you for diving deep and speaking about it all. I love hearing the encouragement and advice you give each other.
A Really Insightful Show
I absolutely love this podcast. From the inspiring interviews to the practical tips shared, every episode is a must-listen. The hosts are all knowledgeable, insightful, and engaging, making the listening experience both enjoyable and informative. I highly recommend Women at Work to anyone looking for a fresh, feminist perspective on life!
I found the entire series very useful, but I wanted to highlight the episode re supporting employees with children with mental health challenges. I’ve gone through this in the past three years with various leadership teams and who is on top makes a world of a difference in my own performance at work and trying to manage making sure I’m bringing my a game to work and to ensuring my children have what they need to thrive.