Women Can Take Tips on Negotiating from Pop Culture

Commentator, NPR’s “All Things Considered”
March 25, 2013

My contribution to the discussion about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, took the form of a commentary piece about how few examples in pop culture there are for women who want to learn to be great negotiators.

One of my earliest memories is of my father teaching me two very important life skills: Don’t hit like a girl—the trick is, don’t put your thumb inside your fist—and how to shake hands like a man. We practiced both extensively. Still, nobody—not my dad, not my feminist mom—ever taught me how to negotiate to make sure I got paid what I was truly worth.

You can read the transcript here.

I also wrote a little more about my reaction to the book and the importance of men’s magazines in learning to haggle.