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

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Insightful and inspiring, Closing the Leadership Gapis a call to action for the increased presence of women in powerful leadership positions in our country. A leading women’s advocate and cofounder of the White House Project, Marie C. Wilson argues that while our nation sits on a world spinning with crises from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction to a fragile economy and corporate greed, half of its natural resources—women—have not been tapped for their uniquely valuable contribution to solving these problems that only they can provide.

Rich with historical context and supported by a wealth of current data and innovative research, this book explains chapter by chapter the leadership gap between women and men and the deeply ingrained cultural factors that continue to create resistance to women at the top. It also explores the new insights and strategies women are using to leverage their power of authority, ambition, ability, and authenticity—have been denied women and how they are claiming these vital qualities for themselves. Written with passion and documented with lively behind-the-scenes stories from the trenches, Closing the Leadership Gapargues for women’s leadership in all spheres and offers steps to get us there.

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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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Marie C. Wilson is cofounder and president of The White House Project and president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, for which she also cocreated Take Our Daughters to Work Day. She started the Collaborative Fund for Women¬'s Economic Development and was a U.S. government delegate to the U.N.¬'s Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

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