Operation Equity: Reading for Results

AAUW members have always had a love of reading. The 650 branch book clubs across the country are a testament to that. More than 20 years ago, we started the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club to give AAUW members a space to read and discuss books about gender equity, diversity, and inclusion. But conversation isn’t enough. We have to move from talking about gender equity to doing something to advance it.

That’s why AAUW is starting a new book club, Operation Equity: Reading for Results. It merges AAUW members’ love of reading with easy action projects. Every quarter, we’ll focus on a different aspect of AAUW’s strategic plan. Use the books and articles suggested to start a conversation and then pick a related project (use the form below to share it with National staff) that will make a difference in the lives of women and girls. We will continue to update the list when new, relevant resources become available.

We look forward to hearing how your AAUW is reading for results!

February–April 2019: Economic Security

Reading Recommendations

Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett

Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by Gretchen Carlson

The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap by Yasemin Besen-Cassino

Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work by Gillian Thomas

#MeToo: A Practical Guide to Navigating Today’s Cultural Workplace Revolution by Mirande Valbrune

Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over by Caroline Fredrickson

Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law by Sandra F. Sperino and Suja A. Thomas

Black Women in the U.S. Economy: The Hardest Working Woman by Nina Banks, Cecilia A. Conrad, Rhonda Sharpe.

“Entitled”: Why Victims of Sex Discrimination Should Be Entitled to Seek Relief Under Title VII and Title IX by Pamela Prescott.

Shooting for Equality: An Analysis of the Market Force Defense As Applied to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team’s Equal Pay Claim by Ali Jessani.

When the Shadow Is the Substance: Judge Gender and the Outcomes of Workplace Sex Discrimination Cases by Matthew Knepper.

Justifying Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: The Mediating Role of Motherhood Myths by Catherine Verniers and Jorge Vala.

Title VII and the #MeToo Movement by Rebecca White.

Nursing Gender Pay Differentials in the New Millennium by Barbara L. Wilson Ph.D., Matthew J. Butler Ph.D., Richard J. Butler Ph.D., William G. Johnson Ph.D.

Action Projects

Participate in the Members Mobilize a Million challenge to encourage women in your family and community to take the AAUW Work Smart Online salary negotiation tool.

Fundraise to support the Economic Security Focus Area.

Hold a signature drive for an AAUW Two-Minute Activist Petition.

Co-host a salary negotiation workshop in your community with a local college/university.

Fundraise to host a salary negotiation workshop in your community.

Share the Know Your Rights resources on Title VII, Family and Medical Leave, Equal Pay, Pregnancy Discrimination, or Workplace Sexual Harassment.

May–July 2019: Leadership

Reading Recommendations

Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck

The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate by Fran Hauser

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri

Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen

Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because Nonprofits Are Messy by Joan Garry

Explaining Women’s Presence on Corporate Boards: The Institutionalization of Progressive Gender-Related Policies by Yannick Thams, Bari L. Bendell, Siri Terjesen

Why the Influence of Women on Boards Still Lags by Kimberly A. Whitler and Deborah A. Henretta

Gender Diversity on U.S. Corporate Boards: Are We Running in Place? by Catherine H. Tinsley, James B. Wade, Brian G. M. Main, Charles A. O’Reilly

Women on Boards of Directors and Their Role in Corporate Reputation by M. Lilibeth Fuentes-Medina, Sandra Morini Marrero, and M. Concepción Verona Martel

The Impact of Diversity: Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement by Una Osili, Sasha Zarins, Jonathan Bergdoll, Xionan Kou, Ted Grossnickle, Dan Schipp, Andy Canda, Tim Ardillo, Lee Ernst, Juli Knutson, Abigail Coleman, and Vernetta Walker

Action Projects

Fundraise to support the Leadership Focus Area of AAUW’s strategic plan.

Send students to AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Hold a signature drive for an AAUW Two-Minute Activist petition.

August–October 2019: Education and Training

Reading Recommendations

The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club by Eileen PollackTitle IX: The Transformation of Sex Discrimination in Education by Elizabeth Kaufer Busch and William E. Thro

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot and Samantha Parent Walravens

Venture Girls: Raising Girls to be Tomorrow’s Leaders by Cristal Glangchai

Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories by Tarah Wheder

The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education by R. Shep Melnick

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark

Chilly Climates, Balancing Acts, and Shifting Pathways: What Happens to Women in STEM Doctoral Programs by Marilyn Cabay, Bianca L. Bernstein, Melissa Rivers, and Natalie Fabert

On the Commercialization Path: Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Outputs among Women in STEM by Berna Demiralp, Laura T. R. Morrison, and Stephanie Zayed

“Entitled”: Why Victims of Sex Discrimination Should Be Entitled to Seek Relief Under Title VII and Title IX by Pamela Prescott

Investigating Gender Differences in Mathematics and Science: Results from the 2011 Trends in Mathematics and Science Survey by David Reilly, David L. Neumann, and Glenda Andrews

A Rising Tide: Learning About Fair Disciplinary Process from Title IX by Alexandra Brodsky

Gender Violence Costs: Schools’ Financial Obligations Under Title IX by Dana Bolger

Government-mandated institutional betrayal by Alec M. Smidt and Jennifer J. Freyd

A Systematic Look at a Serial Problem: Sexual Harassment of Students by University Faculty by Nancy Chi Cantalupo and William Kidder

Action Projects

Fundraise to support the Education and Training Focus Area.

Hold a signature drive for an AAUW Two-Minute Activist Petition.

Find local Title IX coordinators and deliver AAUW Title IX resources to them.

Check local schools’ Title IX compliance.

Share the Know Your Rights resource on Title IX.

Download and share AAUW STEMpacks with local educators.

Distribute copies of AAUW’s Playbook on Best Practices for Gender Equity in Tech.

November–December 2019: Fundraising

Reading Recommendations

Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967 by Joan Marie Johnson

Gender Differences in #GivingTuesday Participation by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University

Giving by and for Women: Understanding High-Net-Worth Donors’ Support for Women and Girls by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University

“The Rising Activism in Women’s Philanthropy,” by Marianne Schnall, Forbes, February 2, 2018.

How Women and Men Approach Impact Investing by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University

Action Projects

Support AAUW on Giving Tuesday.

Support AAUW with a year-end gift.