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Comedian and former Google employee Sarah Cooper.
Comedian and former Google employee Sarah Cooper.


Former Google employee’s satirical new book tears workplace sexism to pieces

By WITW Staff on November 16, 2018

A former Google employee has channeled her experience dealing with sexism at the company into a career as a comedian and a new book full of tongue-in-cheek advice for women in the tech sector titled How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.

The book, author Sarah Cooper told Business Insider, “was parked from all the things I did at Google to seem more likable and approachable, like being less direct with feedback and using all those smiley faces in my emails, as well as the double standards I saw between my male and female co-workers.” In particular, she said she felt inspired after one of her blog posts, “9 Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women,” went viral and drew a bevy of responses from other women who said that the satirical piece was unfortunately all too accurate. Chapters from the book include features on “How to be harassed without hurting his career,” as well as recommendations for female leaders on how to avoid appearing “pushy, aggressive, or competent” — traits that Cooper warns can hurt women’s careers due to the risk of upsetting male co-workers.

As Google reels from worldwide employee walkouts amid reports that the company covered up sexual misconduct and harassment from its executives, Cooper said she hoped her experience could be a useful reference for other women who found themselves stymied by sexism in their workplace.

“The ultimate point of the book is to stop worrying if you’re hurting men’s feelings,” she explained.

Cooper is also quite funny onstage behind a mic. Check out some of her comic stylings in the video below.

Read the full story at Business Insider.


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