I admit, I buy more books than I actually have time to read, but here is a list of my current favorite books, magazines, and national organizations to follow. Check back for periodic updates. Send me your recommendations.
BOOKSBasic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work and in Life By Cathie Black (2007)
This book is a compilation of eight articles originally published in Harvard Business Review (HBR). I have not seen a more recent release of this book, but I continue to find articles relevant to women’s issues periodically in HBR.
For additional articles visit www.hbr.com. and search for author Sylvia Ann Hewlett. Dr. Hewlett, the founding president for the Center for Work-Life Policy, has written several outstanding articles on issues facing working women. Most notably, Dr. Hewlett co-authored a HBR Research Report titled "The Hidden Brain Drain" which explores the disturbing trend of large numbers of qualified women dropping out of mainstream careers.
A WORD ABOUT BOOKS TARGETING WORKING MOMS
There are a number of books written specifically for working moms. They have very catchy titles and colorful covers. I own quite a few of them. The problem I have with most of them is that the tone of the book is either too light-hearted (as in witty with no substance), too touchy-feely (as in therapy with a group hug) or too heavy-hearted (as in emotional anguish for the working women who longs to be home with their children).
While these scenarios may accurately depict the experience of some working moms, it does not reflect my own. For that reason, I do not have many books to recommend in this category, but I’ve listed one, and I continue to look for others.How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-At-Work Moms By Wendy Sachs. 2005.
Sachs, a highly accomplished writer, successful freelance television producer, and working mom delivers an important message in this book: Work is good for women, from our heads to our souls! She combines relevant statistics, references from the literature and her own personal experience into one humorous and poignant book that I think all working moms would enjoy.
Be careful not to confuse this book with "How She Does It." Both are on this recommended reading list, but this one is specifically for working moms and the other one is not.
Books are fantastic, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of a quick, easy-to-read magazine. Who doesn’t grab a couple magazines for the airplane when you’re headed out on a business trip?
UPDATE AS OF 7/29/09:I received my copy of Pink magazine yesterday along with a cover note letting me know this would be the final issue of Pink. Shoot! I'm both surprised and disappointed. This was a great magazine for professional women! I don't know of anything else like it, but if you do, please let me know. Pink is continuing with their daily e-note which you can subscribe to on their website at www.pinkmagazine.com .
- Working Mother
For years I’ve subscribed to Working Mother magazine and if you’re a working mom, I suggest you get a subscription, too. Twelve issue per year are available at www.workingmother.com. The content is sometimes less career-focused and more mom-focused than I’d like it to be, but I always feel re-connected to working moms when I’m done reading it.
- Catalyst (www.catalyst.org)
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. If you are not familiar with their work yet, you’ll want to be.
Membership is at the organizational, not the individual level.
- NAFE (www.Nafe.com)
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) was founded in 1972. The organization has a rich history of providing education, networking, and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. Members are female executives, women business owners, and others who are committed to NAFE's mission: the advancement of women in the workplace.
Individual membership gives you access to a biweekly e-newsletter and other NAFE publications.