Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workplace



Book Title:  Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workplace
Authors: Stacey Abrams, Lara Hodgson, Joseph Grenny, Michelle P. King
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
List Price: $24.95
Format: Paperback, 227 pages
Publication Date: Dec 2022   
ISBN: 978-1-64782-461-7
Reviewer: Tracy Gilmore, PMP  
Review Date: March 2023



Women, you are not alone, although it may feel that way sometimes when you are outnumbered at work.   Are you interested in a fresh perspective on the challenges women often face in companies where the leadership roles and positions at many levels are overwhelmingly filled by men?  Read Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workplace to learn what women in similar situations have done to build successful careers and improve the work environment for everyone.   This book will affirm your experiences and give advice you can apply to your own situation.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workplace from the Harvard Business Review Press’ Women at Work series “Inspiring conversations, advancing together” contains some chapters adapted from the Women at Work podcast episodes and others from content on hrb.org.    There are 20 chapters in the book, by different authors, to give a wide range of perspectives.   Readers can jump to specific topics of interest, or read the book straight through.    While loosely connected by section, each chapter is independent.

The chapters are grouped into six sections:

Section One: The Challenges We Face
Section Two: Stop Competing, Start Connecting
Section Three: Grow Your Confidence
Section Four: Establish Your Authority
Section Five: Fight Back Against Bias and Macroaggressions
Section Six: Build a Better Culture — Together

The book concludes with a Discussion Guide which would be useful for book clubs, or for teams or companies who want to read the book and discuss it as a team building exercise.


Each chapter in Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workplace is independent and provides perspective from a different author or authors.  The chapter titles are very descriptive, and allow the reader to hone in on areas of interest, or easily return to a favorite topic.  Chapters based on podcast episodes are presented in a conversational style, with interviewer and interviewee questions and responses.   Other chapters are essays which stand on their own merit…


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How to cite this work: Gilmore, T. (2023). Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workplace, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue V, May. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/pmwj129-May2023-Gilmore-Thriving-in-a-Male-Dominated-Workplace-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Tracy Gilmore

McKinney, Texas, USA


 Tracy Gilmore is a PMP®-certified Operations Director with more than 30 years of experience in Information Technology supporting clients in the financial and manufacturing industries for large IT companies in the United States.  She has held a variety of roles including operations director, account manager, program manager, project manager, product manager, Y2K consultant, mainframe consultant, conversion manager, and mainframe developer.  As a project manager and a developer, she has participated in all phases of application development and support, including estimating, analysis, design, construction, and implementation. Tracy is a member of the Project Management Institute having acquired her PMP certification in 2002.

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