Our first #enggirlbooks pick is That’s What She Said (What Men Need to Know and What Women Need to Tell Them About Working Together) by Joanne Lipman.
Why did we pick this book?
We chose That’s What She Said to start our #enggirlbooks book club for women in engineering because it focuses on all genders working together to build an inclusive and diverse workplace culture. We love research and this book is a combination of the latest research on closing the gender gap with personal anecdotes and experiences. The book recognizes that gender parity and equality will require effort by men and women to progress and starts a candid dialogue without shaming men. Joanne examines business case studies to support what we can do practically to change gender relations at work.
About the author
Joanne Lipman is an established journalist who has worked in a number of C-suite roles such as Chief Content Officer at Gannett (a massive communication corporation), Editor-in-Chief at USA Today and USA Today network of companies. She was the first woman to work as the Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal. She wrote That’s What She Said after her 2014 column “Women at Work: A Guide for Men” went viral in the Wall Street Journal.
How much time do I have to read That’s What She Said?
We are planning to read That’s What She Said for the rest of May and June. We will post at the halfway point to recap and discuss opinions and shared experiences. Please, please, please post in the comments (here or your preferred social media platform)- favourite quotes from the book, most shocking or resonating research statistics, personal experiences and/or opinions are all welcome.
If you aren’t able to read along with our book club, Recode Decode has a great podcast interview with Joanne about her background in journalism, why she wrote the book, and some highlights- just enough information to make you want to read the book! Join usssssssss!
Elaine is an environmental engineer (in training) at a civil engineering consulting firm in the Greater Toronto Area. Her job is mostly figuring out if poop is going to flood your basement and she works with different levels of government to prevent (sh)it from happening. Outside of engineering, Elaine spends her weekends tap dancing and enjoying artsy activities that balance out her engineering life.