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Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers. She has written extensively about women in literature and the arts, women in the sciences, women in academia, and women in business. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, The New York Review of Books, Vogue, Glamour, and many other publications. She has taught writing at Boston University and served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Work-Life Policy, a nonprofit think tank devoted to exploring the issues that matter most to women at work. Sara is frequently cited in the national and international media as an expert on the persistence of the wage gap, women and conflict resolution, work-life balance issues, and the multiple factors influencing women’s long-term career success.

Sara worked as a research associate and principal interviewer for Project Access, a landmark Harvard University study funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Bunting Foundation. Project Access explored impediments to women’s careers in science—the hindrances, both external and internal, that prevent women from rising to the tops of their fields. Sara’s efforts contributed to the publication of two seminal studies in this field, "Gender Differences in Science Careers: The Project Access Study" and "Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension", both by G. Sonnert, assisted by G. Holton.

Sara also co-authored two ground-breaking books about women and negotiation with the economist Linda Babcock, "Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change", and "Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want". Both books have won rave notices from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. Fortune magazine, in its 75th anniversary issue, included "Women Don’t Ask" in a list of “The 75 Smartest Books We Know.”

In high demand as a speaker, Sara lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation for corporate audiences, colleges and universities, law firms, government agencies, and women’s leadership conferences in the U.S. and around the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Boston University. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.