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The I Just Can t Say No Club: How to Free Women s Careers from Unrewarded Work

Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund, Laurie R. Weingart

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A revealing exploration of the phenomenon of 'non-promotable work', the effect it has on women's careers, and a thoroughly researched strategy for how to fight back

Overwhelmed with work, Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund & Laurie R. Weingart started the 'I Just Can't Say No Club' to learn how to take back control of their time. Initially, they thought the problem was with them and their decisions, but their research revealed that 'fixing themselves' wasn't the answer. They discovered that organizations place a tax on women's time-and derail their careers in the process-by burdening them with 'non-promotable' work.

Not only do women suffer, but so do their organizations. They are unable to realize the full potential of their talent pool, which affects productivity, morale, retention, and advancement. What needs to change is organizations, not women themselves. Revealing the depth of this problem and drawing clear lines, THE I JUST CAN'T SAY NO CLUB is a clarion call for meaningful change.

THE I JUST CAN'T SAY NO CLUB offers a new, research-backed playbook for change in the fight for gender equity. It is the story of the journey of the authors as a club and a research team, prepared to help every woman assess how she's spending her time, laying out specific approaches that individuals and organizations can use to create 'work/work balance.' The book will do this on three levels, addressing how individuals can better navigate promotable and non-promotable tasks, what they can do to change their organizations from the bottom-up, and what management should do to enact top-down reform. These measures will advance women's careers, drive corporate success, and give both women and men the work/work and work/life balance we all want.

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Linda Babcock

Linda Babcock is James P Walton Professor of Economics at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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