Sex & power
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, women in America are richer, more educated, and more powerful than they've ever been. So why is it, Susan Estrich asks, that they account for a mere three percent of the nation's top executives? Why are there only three women running Fortune 500 companies? A quick survey of politics, academia, law, medicine, and entertainment reveals similar troubling inequities. Twenty-five years ago, the women who were "firsts" were supposed to have blazed a trail. Today, fewer and fewer women are choosing to take that path. Why have so many women opted out of the race for power? And why is it that women fail to call into action the power they already have as consumers, voters, shareholders, agents of change? It is Susan Estrich's belief that until women reach the seats of power-where the rules are made-the deck will continue to be stacked against them. And the consequences, she writes, will be paid by future generations of daughters-and sons. Much of Estrich's critical focus is trained on the question of ambition: Are women today ambitious enough, both individually and collectively? When a woman chooses the mommy track, is it a victory for freedom of choice or a setback that underscores the limits of her either/or options? Are younger women too complacent, feeling that the battles for sexual equality were won long ago? On the contrary, Estrich argues. The battles were only half won; there is a revolution to finish. Certain to provoke national debate in this election year, this is the book waiting to be written by Estrich-and the book every woman should read before heading to the voting booth. One of the country's most renowned legal scholars & political insiders offers a clear-eyed & tough-minded evaluation of women in America from the bedroom to the boardroom, a post-Monica assessment of the state of affairs for women in politics, & an examination of the unfinished business of feminism.
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Sex and powerUser Review - Book Verdict
Feminist law professor, political commentator, and consultant Estrich (Getting Away with Murder) has written a "state of the movement" report with mixed findings. Feminism brought down the "men only" signs, but almost 30 years later, women make up only 16 percent of the partners in the top law firms. Out of 2500 top corporate positions in the Fortune 500 companies, women hold 77. Estrich describes why: women still have family responsibilities that men don't, while jobsDand professional socializingDare designed for men, and concerns about sexual harassment inhibit both men and women. Thus, sex discrimination remains pervasive but is now subtle, so that middle-aged women who have taken the "mommy track" can't get back on the main line. The animus against Hillary Clinton, Estrich observes, exemplifies the resistance to ambitious women past their youth. Estrich combines anecdotes with practical advice for how to cope. What results is a fresh, accessible read. Recommended for public libraries.DCynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC ...
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Book really spoke to me about women and the nature of the battle between the sexes.
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