Episode 84: When Women Decide

People often think a woman leader who’s made a mistake should be demoted. Whereas a male leader who took a risk and it didn’t work out, sure, he made bad judgment, but he doesn’t lose as many status or competence points.
— Therese Huston

For centuries women didn't have the opportunity to make decisions outside the home. Now they do. But even today, after decades in the workplace and in public life, our decisions are questioned more than men's. In this show we meet Therese Huston, author of the new book How Women Decide: What's True, What's Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices. 

Therese Huston

Therese Huston

We discuss myths around women and decision making, why we're still second-guessing Marissa Meyer two years after she canceled Yahoo's work-from-home policy, and what's at stake when women take a risk.

You can also read a transcript of the show

Thanks again to Write/Speak/Code for supporting the show during the last five months. Their conference kicks off on June 15th.

Further reading: Here's that Pew Social Trends study on women and leadership that Therese Huston mentioned during the show. 

This piece by Caroline Paul on girls and fear got me thinking about how much our childhoods affect our risk taking.