Every day, women strive to make space in industries traditionally created for men. In her book, The Rising Tides founder and CEO Eileen Scully shares stories of these ambitious women. “In the Company of Men: How Women Can Succeed in a World Built Without Them” serves as inspiration. Readers can use this guide to change their workplaces and create accessibility for all employees.
What is “In the Company of Men” about?
“In the Company of Men: How Women Can Succeed in a World Built Without Them” takes on the NFL, the world of venture capital, Hollywood, the Catholic Church, food production and the pornography industry. These are a few of the male-dominated spaces where women chipped away at existing structures to build a better workplace. The stories of women dismantling and reimagining these spaces will inspire you to reconsider the spaces in which you live and work. You can find ways to make your environment work better for everyone.
“In the Company of Men” shares stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things to influence the world and the people around them. The last section details small actions that anyone can start exhibiting that in aggregate will gradually become a movement. From using more inclusive language to ensuring accessibility at events and providing reimbursement for childcare expenses, the book has suggestions for how everyone can start to work within their comfort zone and change the workplace.
Why should people read it? Who is the book for?
We hear every day the great stories about women who are doing things to become “The First Woman This,” but I wanted to tell stories that didn’t stop there. I wanted to find and share the stories of women who are changing the places in which they work, making them more accessible for anyone who chose to follow. I started writing this book in 2016. Each woman I approached about being a feature was generous and open, sharing with me her story and what was that moment when she realized she had more to do. In this moment of reckoning we are experiencing in the United States, I feel that these stories will uplift and inspire us, not only to be better sponsors for each other but to encourage others to be stronger advocates for women in the workplace and all the various places we seek to share power.
Single most important takeaway
“I hope you’re inspired and challenged by these stories. These are real women, women who walk among us, who work beside us, who are doing the hard work of changing the world in the spaces they each inhabit. Their stories should be known, studied and shared. We need to learn from them how to widen the lanes, while also smashing the ceilings.”
Meet the author
Eileen Scully is an international keynote speaker, author and founder and CEO of The Rising Tides, a consulting firm that makes workplaces better for women through assessment and advisory services. In September of 2019, she published her first book “In the Company of Men: How Women Can Succeed in a World Built Without Them.” She is available for speaking engagements, workshop delivery and consulting projects.