How Women Can Make It Work
The Science of Success
by Eden King and Jennifer Knight
May 2011, 327pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39309-9
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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More young women are entering the workforce than ever before. Unfortunately, gender-related barriers and discrimination still exist, and female employees face challenges for which neither their mothers nor educators can properly prepare them. Women who aspire to leadership positions need to be feminine enough to avoid social backlash yet masculine enough to be taken seriously in a position of power.

Condensing and interpreting an enormous body of social science research, this book helps young women survive and thrive in their careers.

In a recent survey, working women in the millennial generation (aged from 22 to 35) reported persistent concerns of gender bias in the form of inequitable pay scales, corporate cultures that favor men, stereotypes, few women among the top echelons of the organization, and barriers to balancing work and family. Clearly, women continue to face significant obstacles to success in the workplace despite the progress that has occurred in recent decades.

How Women Can Make It Work: The Science of Success will help Gen-X, Y, and Z women who are recent high school or college grads, in their first or second job, or new moms weighing decisions about working achieve success and satisfaction in their careers. The information in this book is also invaluable for managers and counselors who work with young women and want to understand the issues they may be facing.


  • Covers invaluable topics for female employees including choosing a career, getting the job, interpersonal relationships at work, communication, advancing in the job, and addressing work-family issues
  • Mixes empirical research findings with personal stories and pop culture references to make the material engaging and meaningful
Eden King, PhD, is assistant professor of organizational psychology at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She earned her doctorate at Rice University, Houston, TX. Her research on gender and work has been featured in major media outlets including The New York Times, Good Morning America, and CBS Evening News. Her published works include articles in Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management Journal, and Group and Organization Management.

Jennifer Knight, PhD, received her degree in organizational psychology from Rice University, Houston, TX. Her research on diversity and discrimination has been featured in several media outlets including Allure, The New York Times, and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.


"Information is easy to find in the book, and the authors enhance their work by suggesting relevant Web resources. In addition to appealing to young women, this book will interest anyone wanting to gain insight into the culture of young women at work, or seeking solutions to problems in a work environment. Many empirical studies are cited, perhaps implying a 'science of success.' In this complicated field, the authors offer good advice."—Choice, December 1, 2011

"If you're a woman intent on moving up at work, read How Women Can Make it Work. This strategy-packed, deeply insightful book empowers young women to navigate the workplace terrain with savvy. Frank, funny, and most of all reliable."—Selena Rezvani, author of The Next Generation of Women Leaders, Columnist, The Washington Post online

"How Women Can Make it Work is a knowledge-packed yet practical (and fun) guide for working women. King and Knight artfully condense all of the most up-to-date social science research into useful tips for how young women can thrive into today's workplace."—Victoria Brescoll, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

"King and Knight perform an incisive examination of contemporary gender politics at work in their guide for women entering and navigating their way through a professional world in which more doors than ever stand open, but are all too often hung on creaky, rusted hinges. Even at a time in which opportunities for women abound, women enter workplaces and encounter gender based resistance and a myriad of challenges. From job applications to office communication to cubicle decoration to child and elder-care and the politics of changing your name, King and Knight have covered it all, offering an impressive compendium of information and analysis that clarifies and corrects misperceptions about working women, and offers crucial advice on how to get beyond the frustrating challenges still placed before us on the road to professional parity." —Rebecca Traister, Author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women
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