A new book explores how businesses can address structural issues that make it difficult for women leaders to rise on the corporate ladder.
Diversity, inclusion, and equity concerns have become increasingly valuable and important in the business world. Issues such as the #MeToo movement and the George Floyd protests brought attention to the fact that the business world often fails to build up women and marginalized communities in the workplace.
Carol J. Geffner, a professor at the University Of Southern California’s Sol Price School Of Public Policy, addresses this challenge in her new book Building a New Leadership Ladder: Transforming Male-Dominated Organizations To Support Women On the Rise.
As she argues, organizations have a responsibility to do better and offer a more proactive role in addressing discrimination in the workplace—to transform corporate America into a place that supports its next generation of female leaders.
Geffner’s extensive research compiles dozens of interviews with prominent female leaders to demonstrate how women struggle to access support networks that allow for advancement in the business world.
“More than a how-to guide on how women can ascend to the top, Building a New Leadership Ladder is a bold call to action for organizations and their leaders to proactively foster the conditions under which women’s efforts to rise up are consistently recognized and rewarded,” says the publisher.