Whistleblower

My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber
Narrated by: Susan Fowler
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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“Sharp and engrossing.... A powerful illustration of the obstacles our society continues to throw up in the paths of ambitious young women, and the ways that institutions still protect and enable badly behaving men.” (The New York Times Book Review)  

“A very important read...frightening but also very empowering.” (Gayle King, CBS This Morning

The powerful and inspiring story of the young woman who faced down one of the most valuable startups in Silicon Valley history.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by VogueForbes, and Cosmopolitan.

Susan Fowler was just 25 years old when her blog post describing the sexual harassment and retaliation she'd experienced at Uber riveted the nation. Her post would eventually lead to the ousting of Uber's powerful CEO, but its ripples extended far beyond that, as her courageous choice to attach her name to the post inspired other women to speak publicly about their experiences. In the year that followed, an unprecedented number of women came forward, and Fowler was recognized by Time as one of the "Silence Breakers" who ignited the #MeToo movement.

Now, she tells her full story for the first time: a story of extraordinary determination and resilience that reveals what it takes - and what it means - to be a whistleblower. Long before she arrived at Uber, Fowler's life had been defined by her refusal to accept her circumstances. She propelled herself from an impoverished childhood with little formal education to the Ivy League and then to a coveted position at one of the most valuable companies in the history of Silicon Valley. Each time she was mistreated, she fought back or found a way to reinvent herself; all she wanted was the opportunity to define her own dreams and work to achieve them. But when she discovered Uber's pervasive culture of sexism, racism, harassment, and abuse, and that the company would do nothing about it, she knew she had to speak out - no matter what it cost her. 

Whistleblower takes us deep inside this shockingly toxic workplace and reveals new details about the aftermath of the blog post, in which Fowler was investigated and followed, hacked and threatened, to the point that she feared for her life. But even as it illuminates how the deck is stacked in favor of the status quo, Fowler's story serves as a crucial reminder that we can take our power back. Both moving personal narrative and rallying cry, Whistleblower urges us to be the heroes of our own stories and to keep fighting for a more just and equitable world. 

©2020 Susan Fowler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Whistleblower- Great Courage

Great rags to riches story with huge bumps along the way. More people need to come forward re; abusive corporate culture. This seems to be prevalent with many of the new start-ups and no true corporate governance. Fowler displayed great courage at Penn, Silicon Valley and ultimately at Uber. Because of Kalenick & the culture he created at Uber, I never use Uber but prefer Lyft every time.

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So inspiring

I am a woman with a history of abuse both at home as a child, and at various workplaces, and I must say thank you to Susan Fowler. It is the most vulnerable act to speak up against abuse, and I have also lived this fear of retaliation and further abuse and assault during the abuse and reporting to HR and authorities and confronting the abuser. It takes great courage to throw your life to the wind and tell your story, as I have done as well. But, I will do it again and again. In fact, because of her bravery and now this 'how to manual' on how to fight back against blatant misogyny, abuse and inequality in our world, I am inspired to write my own story and have actually begun it today, Hearing her emotion and the natural emphasis in her voice was definitely a bonus. Like Michele Obama and Samantha Power, who also read their memoirs, Susan's voice shines with enthusiasm and sincerity which makes her experiences even more riveting. I highly recommend Whistleblower, excellent book! I could not stop listening once I started, and I finished it in less than a day. Thank you Susan!

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A compelling must-read

Susan Fowler is my hero. Her courage, honesty, and perseverance inspire me to speak up for what is right and not tolerate the bro-culture any longer. We must change this for our daughters’ futures.

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Eye-opener for those who think meritocracy rules

An eye-opener and good career preparation book for women and for men who wish to be allies. Granted, men experience the same rough-and-tumble hazing and one-upmanship, but his is a book I would have found helpful as I was starting out. It would not have tainted my optimism (unsinkable) and, rather, helped me to press forward with verve and gratitude when I realize how lucky I am to have somehow avoided this junk behavior.

Susan Fowler was buffeted hard at every one of her turns early on and, boy, does this reflect badly on the current state of affairs. I admire her Stoicism and continual self-education--these will be my biggest takeaways and motivation from this book. Kudos, Susan...I'm glad you were able to come through on the other side! Thank you for sharing your story!

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If you think you know Susan Fowler’s story, you don’t.

A phenomenal listen to or read that left me dumbstruck more than once. It actually pains me how many people on her life’s journey failed her but they did. Including the insanity at PENN and of course UBER. I am sure she is still waiting for the apologies. As a reader, and as a woman, I am too.

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NOT BORING AT ALL!!

I cant believe how much I loved this book. There wasn't any dull moments. Completely entertaining!!

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Fascinating True Story

Audible narration by author was perfect. i hope she goes back to Penn and holds them accountable, too.

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Inspiration, validation, and a roadmap

I couldn't put it down until I had finished listening to every word! read like a novel, despite being powerful non-fiction. as a woman in tech, I thank her for her heroism. as the mother of a daughter soon to graduate with a degree in computer science, Susan's story helps me to understand what she may be facing, and this story is an incredibly strong and ethical example of how and why to hang in there! I especially appreciate hearing Susan tell us her story. I'm a huge fan, now!

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wow

I bought this book to take a break from the business books that are "heavy". Expecting a 4 may be a 3 star book. I thought I know the most of the story already. I was wrong. It is easy to read and very good too.

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Absolutely remarkable & desperately needed

This book is absolutely amazing: a terrifying, convincing, heartbreaking and well-written picture of harassment, bullying and discrimination that is too persistent in our society to ignore. A book for everyone and anyone about doing the right thing even when it might ruin one’s life. The writing, the narration and the story are all remarkable.

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