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Women in Water Book Club – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2018(RESCHEDULED FROM: July 25th, 2018) at 12:00 pm - Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work by Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris


More than fifty years after the beginning of the Women's Movement and forty years after passage of Title IX, women are still not "making it" in traditionally male careers. Women start their careers on parity with men but generally end them far earlier, having achieved less status, lower compensation, and less satisfaction than men. Breaking Through Bias explains that it is the stereotypes about women, men, work, leadership, and family that hold women back, and it presents an integrated set of communication techniques that women can use to avoid the discriminatory consequences of these stereotypes.


Women define career success in a wide variety of ways. But whatever a woman's personal definition, if she is in a traditionally male-dominated career--virtually all high status, highly compensated fields--her career is at risk because of pervasive gender stereotypes. This highly practical book makes clear that women don't need to change who they are to succeed in their chosen careers, and they certainly don't need to act more like men. Women do, however, need to be attuned to the negative gender stereotypes that surround them; they need to anticipate the biases these stereotypes foster, and they need to manage the impressions they make to avoid or overcome these biases. 


Based on the authors' personal experiences as business leaders and practicing attorneys, involvement in compensation and hiring decisions, extensive mentoring activities, and numerous scientific and academic studies, Breaking Through Bias presents unique, practical, and effective advice about how women can at last break through gender bias in the workplace and win at the career advancement game.


This book can be purchased at most book stores or on Amazon.

If anyone has questions prior to the meeting, please feel free to contact Brianna Huber, WIW Committee Chair at


The Women in Water Book Club believes in sharing leadership development opportunities and therefore each book we read and discuss is led by a different individual.


The Breaking Through Bias discussion will be led by Amanda Withers.


Amanda works for Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. at their headquarters in Springfield, Illinois. Amanda has been with CM&T for sixteen years this August and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Kansas, and Indiana as well as an Environmental Sustainability Professional. She specializes in process design of water and wastewater treatment plants and pump station design as well as rate studies and has extensive experience with the SRF loan and USDA grant programs. Amanda is a Past President of the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) and is currently chair of their Awards committee and an active member of the ISAWWA Women in Water committee. She is also the Vice-President of the UMR/MS&T Alumni Lincolnland Section, an active ACEC-IL/Environmental Committee member and a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Capitol Chapter.


Join this one hour online moderated conversation.   This is an ISAWWA member only no charge event.  The event will NOT be recorded.


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