On February 22, 2009, Elizabeth O’Donnell took “Write to Change the World”, The OpEd Project’s public seminar which was led by Katie Orenstein in New York. The idea O’Donnell introduced during the seminar – how housework holds women back – developed into an op-ed that was later published by The Glasshammer. O’Donnell started publishing in several news sites, including Tuscon Citizen where her piece Gender wage gap threatens economic recoverycaught a lot of traction. Inspired by the hunger to continue writing more, she started a blog on the intersection of feminism and life: helloladies. O’Donnell, however, always knew that she wanted to pursue a book on the subject of sexism at home. So, when she met a publicist from Bibliomotion, she pitched an idea that turned into a book deal!
In our correspondence with her, O’Donnell gave us the scoop on her forthcoming book:
“The book is tentatively titled From the Kitchen Table to the Conference Table: How Sexism At Home Affects Women At Work. Scheduled to be published in November 2013 by Bibliomotion, the book will take an honest look at the fact that it’s not just what’s happening at work that can impede women’s advancements; it’s what’s happening at home too. For example, even if they work outside the home, and even if they work full time, women spend approximately 60 percent more time on housework and childcare than men do.
“This inequity isn’t easy to address. It’s one thing to acknowledge the boss might be holding you back; it’s a whole different dynamic to acknowledge your spouse may be as well. The book will look at what’s happening inside the home, how it affects our careers, how it affects the broader workforce, and what we can do about it.
What else can we say, other than, this is why we do what we do at The OpEd Project. Congratulations O’Donnell, we look forward to reading you!