Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons

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MIT Press, Feb 15, 2022 - Political Science - 336 pages
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A powerful call to action for achieving equality in leadership.

Women make up fewer than ten percent of national leaders worldwide, and behind this eye-opening statistic lies a pattern of unequal access to power. Through conversations with some of the world's most powerful and interesting women—including Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Bachelet, and Theresa May—Women and Leadership explores gender bias and asks why there aren't more women in leadership roles.
Speaking honestly and freely, these women talk about having their ideas stolen by male colleagues, what it's like to be called fat or a slut in the media, and what things they wish they had done differently. The stories they tell reveal vividly how gender and sexism affect perceptions of women as leaders. Using current research as a starting point, Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala—both political leaders in their own countries—analyze the lived experiences of these women leaders. The result is a rare insight into life as a leader and a powerful call to arms for women everywhere.

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Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia, and Okonjo-Iweala (Reforming the Unreformable), the former finance minister of Nigeria, offer a unique study of female leadership based on ... Read full review


Prologue Why are we writing this book?
Doing the numbers
Our framework
Introducing our women
You go girl
Its all about the hair
Shrill or soft the style
Shes a bit of a bitch
A special place in hell
Modernday Salem
The rolemodelling riddle
The standout lessons from eight lives
Annex Snapshots of the pathways to power

Whos minding the kids?

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Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 2010 to 2013. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the first woman and first African to hold the position. An economist and international development expert with more than forty years of experience, she served as Nigeria’s first female and longest serving Finance Minister (seven years) and the first female Foreign Minister in 2006. She was also Managing Director of the World Bank from 2007 to 2011. She was Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (2016–2020), the African Risk Capacity (2014–2020), and Cochair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. She is the author of Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria (MIT Press).

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