A Uterus Is A Feature, Not A Bug: The Working Womans Guide To Overthrowing The Patriarchy

A Uterus Is A Feature, Not A Bug: The Working Woman's Guide To Overthrowing The Patriarchy


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 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.

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.

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  • 001 A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug
    Duration: 16s
  • 002 Prologue
    Duration: 07min
  • 003 Introduction
    Duration: 18min
  • 004 Chapter 01
    Duration: 31min
  • 005 Chapter 02
    Duration: 29min
  • 006 Chapter 03
    Duration: 12min
  • 007 Chapter 04
    Duration: 20min
  • 008 Chapter 05
    Duration: 13min
  • 009 Chapter 06
    Duration: 26min
  • 010 Chapter 07
    Duration: 14min
  • 011 Chapter 08
    Duration: 22min
  • 012 Chapter 09
    Duration: 22min
  • 013 Chapter 10
    Duration: 16min
  • 014 Chapter 11
    Duration: 32min
  • 015 Chapter 12
    Duration: 36min
  • 016 Chapter 13
    Duration: 36min
  • 017 Chapter 14
    Duration: 29min
  • 018 Chapter 15
    Duration: 29min
  • 019 Chapter 16
    Duration: 20min
  • 020 Chapter 17
    Duration: 21min
  • 021 Epilogue
    Duration: 08min
  • 022 Credits
    Duration: 39s