Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World

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Penguin Books, 2006 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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┬“Marie Wilson┬'s powerful message comes from both the heart and the front lines. What our country needs is simple┬—more women in charge now.┬” ┬—Ann Richards

Despite the common view that women already permeate every level of leadership in this country, in fact the United States ranks fifty-ninth in the world in terms of female political representation, and women lead only eight Fortune 500 companies. In this inspiring call-toaction, leading women┬'s advocate Marie C. Wilson explains why we need more women leading alongside men now, not just for the sake of fairness but for the larger social good. As Wilson argues, even as our nation sits on a world spinning with crises, we have barely begun to tap our most critical natural resource┬—women. Written with passion and insight, this handbook shows how we can all make a difference and finally close the leadership gap.

┬“Every man who┬'s in despair over world leadership┬—and every woman who fears her gender is a barrier to leadership┬—will find hope and help in [this book].┬”
┬—Gloria Steinem

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Women comprise half of the U.S. population and workforce, yet they hold only 14% of seats in the U.S. Congress and 12.4% of Fortune 500 board positions. More embarrassingly, the United States ranks ... Read full review

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Why Women Matter
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Barriers to Leadership
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Authority
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Marie C. Wilson is cofounder and president of the White House Project, which she launched to advance women┬'s leadership in all sectors. She was president of the Ms. Foundation for Women for more than twenty years, through which she cocreated Take Our Daughters to Work Day. A frequent guest speaker, she has been quoted in numerous national news outlets.

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