Laurie Weingart, Lise Vesterlund, Linda Babcock, and Brenda Peyser

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The No Club

Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund and Laurie Weingart


“Unfair treatment of women in the workplace has been well-reported, but there’s a lack of available literature on what women are actually supposed to do about it. The No Club is the answer we’ve been waiting for—these experts and researchers explain what to look for, how to advocate for yourself, and how to empower others to do the same. This is an achievable and overdue call to action for the system to change.”

Emily Chang, bestselling author of Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

The No Club started when four women, crushed by endless to-do lists, banded together over $10 bottles of wine to get their work lives under control. Running faster than ever, yet trailing behind their male colleagues, they vowed to say no to requests that pulled them from the work most essential to their careers. Their decade-long journey and groundbreaking research uncovered that women everywhere are unfairly burdened with “non-promotable work,” a problem we can—and must—solve.

All organizations have work that no one wants to do: planning the office party, screening interns, attending to that time-consuming client, helping others with their work, and even office housework. In study upon study, professors Linda Babcock (bestselling author of Women Don’t Ask), Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund, and Laurie Weingart—the original “No Club”—document that women are disproportionately asked and expected to do this work. Women are overcommitted and underutilized while companies forfeit revenue, productivity, and top talent.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The No Club explains how making small, yet significant, changes in their workload can empower women in the workplace. And their illuminating call for organizations to reassess how work is assigned and rewarded will forever change the conversation about how we advance women’s careers and achieve equity in the 21st century.


The No Club is available for pre-order from White Whale Bookstore. Signed copies will be available at the event.

No Club Book Cover


Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 6 p.m.


At this time, all in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated or present a recent negative COVID-19 test. Masks must be worn by everyone for the duration of their visit. You will need to bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, photo ID, and mask. Find detailed entry requirements at


Free, with registration
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Registration may also be completed by email at or by phone at 412.622.8866.
Video links will be emailed to all registered for this event on the morning of May 3rd. The captioned video will be remain available to view after May 3rd.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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