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

Marie C. Wilson, Author Viking Books $24.95 (190p) ISBN 978-0-670-03274-7
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 60th in women's participation in government, behind India and tied with Andorra. Wilson, president of the Ms. Foundation for Women and founder of the""Take Our Daughters to Work"" day, argues that the future could be a brighter place for all by ""changing society from a system built on the labor of women to one led equally by their vision."" To do this requires nothing short of a cultural revolution, according to the former beauty queen, mother of five and corporate culture pioneer. With so-called women's issues like health, education and senior care at the forefront of everyone's agenda, women more than ever have a substantial contribution to make in shaping government policy and leading in both the workplace and home. Infusing the workplace with women's values--""inclusion, communication across lines of authority, the work of caring, relationship building""--would integrate professional and personal life for everyone's benefit, Wilson argues. She points to progressive law firms that allow law partnerships for part-time lawyers, hold working-parent lunches and offer gender-neutral flex-time, as examples of creating win-win workplaces for both men and women. She also advocates unorthodox measures, like President Barbie, to set ambitious role models for girls. Although sometimes prone to over-generalize female values, this is a persuasive and logical text that is less about women running the world then allowing them to have a meaningful role in its custody.
Reviewed on: 03/01/2004
Release date: 03/01/2004
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