“Drop the Ball is important, path-breaking, intimate, and brave.”
— Gloria Steinem
“Dufu's book is...engaging...a heartfelt look into the emotions...of a particular set of high-achieving women in a half-changed time.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"As far as I'm concerned there isn't anyone who shouldn't read Drop the Ball."
Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu, a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement, struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Tiffany began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Tiffany recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others—freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.
Packed with actionable advice, Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others—only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.
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Praise for Drop the Ball
“We won't reach equality in the workplace without equality in the home. Drop the Ball shows how everyone benefits when men work toward equality—and how our relationships and our lives are richer when we lean in together.”
—Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and COO, Facebook
“In sharing her moving personal story, Tiffany Dufu offers many practical suggestions for women to achieve their goals. But what influenced me the most about this book was the wisdom she imparts to men about how to be better partners in supporting the leadership journeys of the women in their lives. Drop the Ball is a refreshingly honest, remarkably inspiring read.”
—Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“Drop the Ball is what so many women need to do but simply cannot bring themselves to. Tiffany Dufu writes with verve and wit, turning her life story into life lessons for all of us. A marvelous and instructive read!”
—ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER, PRINCETON PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
“Drop the Ball is thought-provoking, authentic storytelling. Through her sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious journey, Tiffany Dufu teaches all of us how to create meaningful lives. For women struggling with the demands of doing it all, and the men who love them, this book is refreshing and long overdue.”
—MARA BROCK AKIL, CREATOR/SHOWRUNNER OF GIRLFRIENDS, THE GAME, AND BEING MARY JANE
“Drop the Ball is a must read for all women and girls. Tiffany Dufu reminds us that we must focus on what truly matters and let go of the rest. She gives us specific tools and techniques to help us achieve our goals and live authentic lives free of guilt and regret.”
—Reshma Saujani, founder Girls Who Code
“If you could follow a path to a stronger marriage, a happier family, and greater economic and emotional security, would you be interested? I thought so. Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball is that path. And she’s awfully good company along the way.”