Power Shift Project Book Club

Power Shift Project Book Club

The Power Shift Project is curating a list of books, documentaries and podcasts for aspiring allies who are dedicated to learning.

We’ve tapped the wisdom of our Power Shift Project board members, summit participants and Workplace Integrity trainers for their recommendations.

These recommendations include works that some have found transformational, and that many consider essential for those committed to diversity.

The list will continue to grow as we continue to reach out for new selections.

Recommendations are listed here with a personal note from each person who nominated a selection about why they chose it.

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Topic: Overcoming Hidden Bias

“Behind the Seen”

podcast by Mark Bauer and Branden Polk

Recommended by Beth Francesco, National Press Club Journalism Institute

“Data Feminism”

book by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein

Recommended by Dr. Courtney Radsch, Committee to Protect Journalists

This thought-provoking book delves into the power dynamics behind data science and data ethics that compels the reader to reconsider what they think they know and how they know it. With stunning visualizations pulled from a range of disciplines and footnotes that actively go beyond the canon, this is a must-read for journalists, academics, and lay people alike, especially if we seek to build a more just and equitable world.

“Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger”

book by Rebecca Traister

Recommended by Mary Nahorniak, USA TODAY

“Powerful background on feminism and gives language to women’s anger at oppression.”

“Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men”

book by Caroline Criado Perez

Recommended by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum/Loyola University Chicago

“In a data-driven world, with artificial intelligence making ever more decisions for us, how valid is our data? The author points out case after case in which data-driven decisions about products or processes are based on a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, and the one size is male, not female. She shows the consequences. It’s a great call to action.”

“Language of Appeasement”

article by Dafina-Lazarus Stewart

Publication: Inside Higher Ed

Recommended by Amy Wielunski, WBEZ Chicago Public Media

“As a colleague once said, this article helped reorganize my brain.”

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”

book by Carol S. Dweck

Recommended by Mary Nahorniak, USA TODAY

“The book teaches the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset, which effectively boils down to: Anything can be learned. We can always change and grow. I think that’s an inspiring perspective in any industry and including how it relates to diversity and changing people’s M.O.”

“Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power and Resistance of Women in Academia”

book by Yolanda Flores Niemann, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs and Carmen G. Gonzalez

Recommended by Dorothy Bland, University of North Texas, Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

This book is recommended reading for anyone considering a career in academia as it shares the experiences of more than 30 women of color. They offer advice, strategies and tactics to survive and thrive. Those considering careers in corporate America and other fields also can benefit from the many lessons in this book.

“Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language”

book by Amanda Montell

Recommended by Maria Harrigan, POLITICO

“Empowers women to challenge how we criticize the language of women and use inclusive language for gender identity.”