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Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

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What's missing from gender equality efforts? Men. Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the equation What's missing from gender equality efforts? Men. Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the equation. Such efforts reinforce the perception that these are "women's issues" and that men--often the most powerful stakeholders in an organization--don't need to be involved. As gender-in-the-workplace experts David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson show in this important book, men have a crucial opportunity to promote gender equality at work. Research shows that when men are deliberately engaged in gender-inclusion programs, 96 percent of women in those organizations perceive real progress in gender equality, compared with only 30 percent of women in organizations without strong male engagement. Good Guys is the first book to provide a practical, research-based guide for how to be a male ally to women in the workplace. Filled with firsthand accounts from both men and women, as well as tips for getting started, the book shows how men can partner with their female colleagues to advance women's leadership and equality by breaking ingrained gender stereotypes, overcoming unconscious biases, developing and supporting the talented women around them, and creating productive and respectful working relationships with women--especially in a post-#MeToo world.


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What's missing from gender equality efforts? Men. Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the equation What's missing from gender equality efforts? Men. Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the equation. Such efforts reinforce the perception that these are "women's issues" and that men--often the most powerful stakeholders in an organization--don't need to be involved. As gender-in-the-workplace experts David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson show in this important book, men have a crucial opportunity to promote gender equality at work. Research shows that when men are deliberately engaged in gender-inclusion programs, 96 percent of women in those organizations perceive real progress in gender equality, compared with only 30 percent of women in organizations without strong male engagement. Good Guys is the first book to provide a practical, research-based guide for how to be a male ally to women in the workplace. Filled with firsthand accounts from both men and women, as well as tips for getting started, the book shows how men can partner with their female colleagues to advance women's leadership and equality by breaking ingrained gender stereotypes, overcoming unconscious biases, developing and supporting the talented women around them, and creating productive and respectful working relationships with women--especially in a post-#MeToo world.

30 review for Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tremayne

    I liked this book because it gives considerable insight into how men need to be better allies for women in the workplace. The authors note that women are marginalized, ostracized, receive lower pay, have their ideas stolen, given mundane tasks, and are not as appreciated as their male counterparts. It has reinforced me to continue to look out for women in the workplace and be there for them. It helps me to prevent mansplaining, harassment, and other unfavorable treatment towards women. However, I liked this book because it gives considerable insight into how men need to be better allies for women in the workplace. The authors note that women are marginalized, ostracized, receive lower pay, have their ideas stolen, given mundane tasks, and are not as appreciated as their male counterparts. It has reinforced me to continue to look out for women in the workplace and be there for them. It helps me to prevent mansplaining, harassment, and other unfavorable treatment towards women. However, my only gripe with this book is that it feels like a broken record. What could have been accomplished with half the book took much longer, in which I found the same ideas already mentioned presented again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Jennings

    Easily some of the best advice on allyship I've come across, helping women or POC or otherwise. Well-cited and thorough arguments to convince the undecided and thorough advice on how to leverage privilege to benefit others and your company, and eventually yourself. Definitely 4 times too long; it said the same thing over and over Easily some of the best advice on allyship I've come across, helping women or POC or otherwise. Well-cited and thorough arguments to convince the undecided and thorough advice on how to leverage privilege to benefit others and your company, and eventually yourself. Definitely 4 times too long; it said the same thing over and over

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Sauvageau

    This book is primarily directed at men and how they can be allies to women in the workplace (and at home). I thought it was really well done. There are very actionable steps highlighted, they cite many respected leaders on allyship and diversity in the workplace, and the examples shared are relevant and helpful in providing responses to future scenarios that may come up. I’ve seen some reviews state that the book was repetitive or could have been more succinct- I disagree. While they did address This book is primarily directed at men and how they can be allies to women in the workplace (and at home). I thought it was really well done. There are very actionable steps highlighted, they cite many respected leaders on allyship and diversity in the workplace, and the examples shared are relevant and helpful in providing responses to future scenarios that may come up. I’ve seen some reviews state that the book was repetitive or could have been more succinct- I disagree. While they did address some topics multiple times, I think they approached things at different angles and/or they garnered being mentioned multiple times due to the importance of the topic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    E.J. (hauntedburgerplant)

    One of the true paradoxes of male allyship is the consistent social psychological research evidence showing that when men advocate for women or call out gender inequalities, they are perceived to be more credible because they are not acting in self-interest. [...] It's time for men to open their eyes to this opportunity and privilege and use it. (Good Guys, page 10) Good Guys is a very thorough guide in how to be a better ally to women, particularly in the workplace, but also at home. This is no One of the true paradoxes of male allyship is the consistent social psychological research evidence showing that when men advocate for women or call out gender inequalities, they are perceived to be more credible because they are not acting in self-interest. [...] It's time for men to open their eyes to this opportunity and privilege and use it. (Good Guys, page 10) Good Guys is a very thorough guide in how to be a better ally to women, particularly in the workplace, but also at home. This is no lazy, hand-wavy introduction to the subject; there are 14 pages of references at the back that make sure each page packs a punch. It's an important book that I hope many men will pick up and utilise. The book is split into three parts: interpersonal allyship, public allyship and systemic allyship. In each section, the authors guide you step-by-step through different ideas and ways in which to develop your allyship skills, and the end of each chapter has a little section that sums up the most important ideas covered. It really couldn't be laid out in a way more easy to understand, and I wish I could give a copy to every man in my office. I especially appreciated the inclusion of intersectionality, highlighting that not all women are the same, that some feel the need to hide parts of their identity for fear of negative reactions. This is something I do, as I don't feel safe bringing my whole self to work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Woods

    This is a practical book that I will be using for a class I am developing on Gender & Leadership. It is full of realistic, practical recommendations men can use to be better allies for women's advancement in the workplace. I would say it is intended for "enlightened men" who have already been convinced that women deserve a seat at the table. On a personal note, I loved the section on "starting at home" and being a "domestic ally". In an age where many women are need/want to work full-time, we ar This is a practical book that I will be using for a class I am developing on Gender & Leadership. It is full of realistic, practical recommendations men can use to be better allies for women's advancement in the workplace. I would say it is intended for "enlightened men" who have already been convinced that women deserve a seat at the table. On a personal note, I loved the section on "starting at home" and being a "domestic ally". In an age where many women are need/want to work full-time, we are past due shifting the perspective on how to re-allocate domestic responsibilities more equitably. I really enjoyed it and I think my students will, too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charles Cohen

    I was pleased to see how much of the recommendations I was already incorporating, but that also limited the book's utility. I like how informal and useful it was, and I think for people who are taking their first steps toward allyship this makes that effort much more successful. What would have been helpful would have been more tips for smaller companies - a lot of the recommendations related to large companies, and that was not super helpful. But those were relatively few and far between, and o I was pleased to see how much of the recommendations I was already incorporating, but that also limited the book's utility. I like how informal and useful it was, and I think for people who are taking their first steps toward allyship this makes that effort much more successful. What would have been helpful would have been more tips for smaller companies - a lot of the recommendations related to large companies, and that was not super helpful. But those were relatively few and far between, and overall I'm glad to have read this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Indeed, men have a pivotal role in the gender related issues. This is not just a women’s issue but more importantly, men has an important obligation address the needs pertaining to gender. This book does a very good job in presenting the facts and the practical strategies men can take to become allies of women in the workplace. I am glad that this book present its concrete suggestions. I can definitely use this at home as well as at work.

  8. 4 out of 5

    bouldermimi

    Read 7/27/2021 - Hardcover A practical guide for men who want to be better allies for women not just in the workplace, but everywhere. What resonated the most with me was encouraging men to speak up/out when they see mistreatment happening. Dudes need to start calling out dudes who abuse their power.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen Catlin

    In this comprehensive round-up of best practices for how men can be allies for women in the workplace, Smith and Johnson share anecdotal stories, research, and suggested actions. Men, read this book if you want to change your brand from "#BroNo" to "#GoBroGo." --Karen Catlin, author of "Better Allies" In this comprehensive round-up of best practices for how men can be allies for women in the workplace, Smith and Johnson share anecdotal stories, research, and suggested actions. Men, read this book if you want to change your brand from "#BroNo" to "#GoBroGo." --Karen Catlin, author of "Better Allies"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Very well done. As a woman reading this, identified areas that I wasn't even aware I was being unfairly treated. Quite a bit, if not all of the strategies can be applied to other groups needing allies. Appreciated the examples provided by women in "big" companies. Good read to assist in becoming more aware and inclusive. Very well done. As a woman reading this, identified areas that I wasn't even aware I was being unfairly treated. Quite a bit, if not all of the strategies can be applied to other groups needing allies. Appreciated the examples provided by women in "big" companies. Good read to assist in becoming more aware and inclusive.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Very informative, highly consumable reading material for any man looking to be more inclusive with those around them (especially with women) - in the workplace and beyond.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meg Perin

    This book by David G. Smith is incredibly timely during the huge social movements we are all faced with today: Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Lives Matter, Equal Pay for Equal Work. Positives of the book: 1. First person accounts of realistic scenarios in the workplace and how a man can be an ally for his women counterparts. Very useful, helpful, and translational across most occupations and positions. 2. Fast read: Many of these types of books are often dry, factual, and let's face it, boring. T This book by David G. Smith is incredibly timely during the huge social movements we are all faced with today: Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Lives Matter, Equal Pay for Equal Work. Positives of the book: 1. First person accounts of realistic scenarios in the workplace and how a man can be an ally for his women counterparts. Very useful, helpful, and translational across most occupations and positions. 2. Fast read: Many of these types of books are often dry, factual, and let's face it, boring. This book is not boring. Provides sub-titles for the paragraphs which makes it easier to read - you know what the paragraph is going to tackle - nice sizeable chunks to read and move to the next one. 3. Equal playing field: An admission that gender inequality should not be a "woman's issue" but a worker's issue, regardless of gender. As gender becomes less important in the workplace, and recognition of other genders or no genders continues to move forward, gender inequality becomes more of an equal playing field. Negatives: Would have been good to include some first person accounts from women who found advocates in men helpful, useful, etc. Thank you to Harvard Business Review Press for an advanced copy.

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