What Is The Glass Ledge About?

We’ve all heard of the “glass ceiling” – referencing the external oppression women still experience in the workplace. Yet even for those of us who break through the societal barriers to success, there’s a much bigger danger: internalized oppression, or self-imposed glass ceilings.

Women face judgment issues in career progression, communication, and appearance, and as a result, we often adopt strategies that hold us further back.

The Glass Ledge explores these self-imposed glass ceilings – often shaped by preconceived glass ceilings – often shaped by preconceived societal expectations and outdated gender stereotypes – in a way that doesn’t blame women or society. It focuses instead on our individual actions and provides tools to change ourselves faster than the outside world will change for us.

I will prompt you to ask yourself tough questions and uncover uncomfortable answers. And rather than asking what society needs to do differently or blaming it for what it hasn’t done for us, we will help each other hold sway over our circumstances by asking ourselves:

What can I do differently? 

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A message from the author:

I wrote this book because of my diverse set of pivots and the self-knowledge I acquired along the way. It took me years to recognize that while external barriers do exist, my biggest barrier has been my own flawed self-worth. I wore down, I burned out, I failed, I went broke, my mascara ran and ran out, but ultimately I came out the other side with a different perspective on success, one that aligns me with living my own truth rather than falling victim to expectations set by the outside world. 

I stopped allowing a dysfunctional society to turn me into a dysfunctional woman.

And my hope is that this book will help you acquire the necessary self-knowledge to stop too.

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Start exploring the ten nuanced themes that are most likely to derail you when you least expect it, including power, likability, presentation, authenticity, conflict, confidence, balance, competition expertise, and belonging.

Each of these 10 themed chapters begins with examples of sabotaging inner dialogue that will help you identify those voices within yourself. Then I offer stories from my journey to help you unpack how that theme might be showing up in your life. Each chapter also includes advice from accomplished women in my network, credible third-party research about why we act the way we do—and how to reclaim the story of our lives – as well as exercises that will help you put the content to work right away.

While societal norms around gender dynamics have shifted, there’s still a long way to go. But if we can’t free ourselves from the oppression that lies within our internal beliefs, and the self-sabotaging behaviors that stem from it, how will we achieve collective freedom?

“You don’t have to wait for the culture or society to change for You. You have the power to rewrite the scripts that will determine how you think, behave—and succeed. And this book will help you unleash that power.”



About The Author

Iman Oubou is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, published scientist, and a beauty pageant winner on a mission to change the women’s media landscape. She won the title of Miss New York United States and was second runner up at the 2015 Miss United States Pageant. Iman was awarded the “Women’s Advocate of the Year” Award in 2019 in Dubai and has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Inc., Fortune, Vogue Arabia, and The Huffington Post.

She is the Founder and President of SWAAY Media, a leading publishing platform aimed at championing female thought leadership. By providing access to editorial and writing support, as well as a supportive community of like-minded women, SWAAY has helped thousands of women tell their stories, share their expertise, and elevate their voices. Partnering with companies like Unilever and WSJ, Iman has led national events that feature conversations about female empowerment and thought leadership in the workforce. Her podcast, Women Who SWAAY, has reached millions of listeners, was number two on iTunes in 2015 and ranked in the top five best podcasts for women entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine.



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