Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World

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Purdue University Press, 2010 - Social Science - 131 pages
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"In this marvelously conceived book, Susan Bulkeley Butler empowers women to learn from role models of the past. There is an unprecedented opportunity and need for women's voices to ring loud and clear in every boardroom, forum and organization."---Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair-Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Ernst & Young

"As a business leader, one of my ongoing priorities has been recruiting and retaining more senior women in our firm. Susan Bulkeley Butler knows what she's talking about---pay attention to what she's saying."--- Hans-Paul Burkner, President and CEO, The Boston Consulting Group

"Susan Butler challenges all of us to reach higher, give more, and stretch beyond our perceived limits. One is never too old or too young to make a larger impact. Butler's book will get you thinking---and acting---with courage."---France A. Cordova, President, Purdue University

"Women Count points the way to high performance for business leaders and executives. Women in leadership roles will change the game!"---David Smith, Global Managing Director, Accenture and Co-Author of Workforce of One: Revolutionizing Talent Management Through Customization

"`Add Women, Change Everything' is The White House Project's tagline. Now visionary Susan Butler has given us a recipe for how to add enough women to get the world we really need."---Marie C. Wilson, President and Founder, The White House Project

As the 100-Year Anniversary of women winning the right to vote approaches on August 26, 2020, the "Decade for Women" ahead will re-assess how far we've come---and how far we still have to go.

To become "women who count," women must think of themselves, think of others, and think big, contends author Susan Bulkeley Butler. Before and since breaking barriers to become the first woman partner at Accenture, Butler has passionately championed the cause of equality for women in education, in the workforce and in society.

In Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World, she shows how the world can become a better place in myriad ways with more involvement from women. Today's world---with its wars, corporate ethics violations, economic meltdowns and societal strife---needs the unique strengths and attributes of women more than ever, Butler contends.

Women make up about half of the country's population and half its work-force, yet account for only a small percentage of the leadership roles in government, business and beyond. Butler brings her experiences and insights directly to readers by showing how they can collectively use their strengths to improve the world.

Together, women must envision equality, build teams, take action, and help one another through mentoring, philanthropy, education and public service, according to Butler.

Then, and only then, she asserts, can women truly change the world and become "women who count."
 

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This is a poor attempt at empowering/giving direction to women to become, "Women that Count." Most of the book is an account of famous and historical tales of women defeating all odds to become successful, a direction which is contradictory to one of her opening points about the lack of women's accomplishments in written history.
At best the book could be described as a bad clash between a history lesson and a generic self-help book.
Looking at it from a research point of view, her factual data is far and few and includes no references to where she found statistics or research observations.
From the other end, the empowerment/self-help portion of the book looks like a "WikiHow" of starting a small business, in that it does not directly apply to women in any clear manner.
Overall, her writing style is simplistic and far from engaging. Much of the writing, between her restatements of history, is just filler questions that she fails answers. Literally, entire paragraphs of questions can be found that provide no actual facts or ideas.
From a bigger stand point her theme and purpose is not quite clear and her attempt at connecting historical data to some kind of feminists movement is far from complete.
I am a male who also believes in the importance of having "Women Count" however this book is an injustice to anyone looking for data, answers, or direction.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
tHe neW mAtH
5
By the Numbers
7
Changing the Equation
13
A Better Formula
19
Making It All Add Up
25
tHe PIoneerS
33
Leading Ladies
35
Change Our Organizations
81
Change Our Communities
89
Change Our Giving
97
noW ItS Your turn
99
Dream Big Change Lives
101
Change the World
105
Change Our World
111
One Woman at a Time
115

The Movements
45
Our Turn to Change the World
55
CHAnge IS HAPPenIng
63
Change Our Education System
67
Changes and Shifts
123
Guide To Further Reading
127
Acknowledgments
129
Copyright

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Susan Bulkeley Butler has been proving that women count ever since she rose from her roots as a small-town girl in Illinois to become the first female professional at Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1965 and later the first female partner of what would become Accenture, the $19 billion global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing organization. Now, as a philanthropist, mentor, speaker, executive coach and CEO of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders (www.sbbinstitute.org), she is serving as a delegate to Vision 2020, a groundbreaking national project focused on advancing gender equality. Her first book, Become the CEO of You, Inc. was featured by Authors@Google, Businessweek, and Voice of America.
Bob Keefe has been a writer, editor and journaList for more than 20 years, most recently as the Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He and his wife currently live outside of Washington, DC where they're watching their three daughters grow into women who count.

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