• Pay Up

  • The Future of Women and Work (and Why It's Different Than You Think)
  • By: Reshma Saujani
  • Narrated by: Reshma Saujani
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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By: Reshma Saujani
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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The founder of Girls Who Code and bestselling author of Brave, Not Perfect confronts the “big lie” of corporate feminism and presents a bold plan to address the burnout and inequity harming America’s working women today.

We told women that to break glass ceilings and succeed in their careers, all they needed to do is dream big, raise their hands, and lean in. But data tells a different story. Historic numbers of women left their jobs in 2021, resulting in their lowest workforce participation since 1988. Women’s unemployment rose to nearly fifteen percent, and globally women lost over $800 billion in wages. Fifty-one percent of women say that their mental health has declined, while anxiety and depression rates have skyrocketed.

In this urgent and rousing call to arms, Reshma Saujani dismantles the myth of “having it all” and lifts the burden we place on individual women to be primary caregivers, and to work around a system built for and by men. The time has come, she argues, for innovative corporate leadership, government intervention, and sweeping culture shift; it’s time to Pay Up.

Through powerful data and personal narrative, Saujani shows that the cost of inaction—for families, for our nation’s economy, and for women themselves—is too great to ignore. She lays out four key steps for creating lasting change: empower working women, educate corporate leaders, revise our narratives about what it means to be successful, and advocate for policy reform.

Both a direct call to action for business leaders and a pragmatic set of tools for women themselves, Pay Up offers a bold vision for change as America defines the future of work.

©2022 Reshma Saujani. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Dear Listener,

What do I hope you will take away from PayUp?
"My hope is for listeners to leave with a compass and a blueprint to radically reimagine our workplaces for women. I want them to leave fired up to be part of the #PayUp movement. I want them to join me in fighting for a complete and total overhaul of the corporate feminist playbook for success." – Reshma Saujani, writer of Pay Up

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Depiction of the second shift- spot on. Everything else fell flat more political rhetoric

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I have never read anything that articulates the "second shift" in a more compelling way.

In the book she reveals the “big lie” of corporate feminism and a lack of real progress we seem to have been fighting for for years.

Things I can’t hop on board with: Her “ambitious” solution to the problem fell flat for me. “We need the government to step in” no thank you. Her ambitious plan is one step away from full government control of our families.

Honestly if this book was the intro only- it would have rated higher for me. However rather than staying on track she very transparently showed her political hand and spoke all the pandering phrases.

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Should be called Future of MOTHERS and work

The author equates womanhood with motherhood. If she wanted to write a book specifically about motherhood (which she did), then she should have labeled it as such. Precious little of this book pertains to me as a woman who is childfree by choice. The author makes it seem like parenthood is the only thing that makes work difficult for women.

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Great and informative book

Interesting book, with great perspective on women in the workplace. Highly Recommend the reading, good material.

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Revolutionary for Women

This book was so so validating of women’s experiences and have such a great in depth look at the need for change in our society not only for our mental health but also to build our economy. Highly recommend this read to anyone and everyone regardless of whether you are a parent or not.

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Should be required reading

Personally, the validation I felt reading this book was like I was in church. Using data and personal examples from around the world, she points out the individual, societal, and business impact of the inequity working mothers face. Whether you are male or female, or ever plan to have children, this book shows how recreating the working world to support working moms benefits every person, business and society.

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Women (All are not Moms)

In fairness I thought this book was about women in general, not Mother’s. A good portion was outside my lifestyle but I kept going to learn a refreshed perspective on Mom’s. Frankly, if I understood Mom’s were the target audience… would not have purchased. It was very interesting.

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I wish I would have had this book long ago

I’m 68. If only I would have grasped this years ago. I recommended it to my daughter. Everyone, men and women, need to read this book.

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Statistics that promote thought

I found this book to be very thought provoking, and alleviated that the author quoted statistics to make her points. We need to do more for working moms.

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BEST BOOK E.V.E.R!

Finally someone has seen me! Thank you for writing this book! I have shared this book with not only the men in my life but also my employer. I am in!

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Required Reading

I recommend this book for anyone who cares about the future of humanity. Reshma Saujani lays out a compelling argument for change. I had to slow the speed down to .9 so I wouldn’t miss a word. This book is long overdue. I wish that I read it 20 years ago.