Author/professor’s talk focuses on women and negotiating

The Women’s Affinity Group will host Linda Babcock, author of “Ask For It” and “Women Don’t Ask,” for a talk on July 17.

Babcock is a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University whose research focuses on understanding the barriers to women’s advancement in the workplace and developing evidence-based interventions to promote a level playing field for women.

“Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide” (2003), co-authored with Sara Laschever, was named one of the “smartest books we know” by Fortune magazine and one of the 20 most important business books by Biz Journals.

Babcok and Laschever’s other book, “Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want,” was a finalist for the Books For A Better Life Award and also named one of Biz Journals 20 most important business books.

She is the founder and faculty director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society. The mission of PROGRESS is to pursue gender equity and foster positive societal change for all women through education, partnerships, and research. She also is the founder and faculty director of the CMU Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women.  

Her talk will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 17 in the William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge, and is open to all Pitt staff, faculty and students. Please register here.

For more information about this event or the Women’s Affinity Group, contact EJ Milarski-Veenis or Cyndi Caldwell at: or