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Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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"Broad Influence offers a powerful demonstration of how the presence of a critical mass of women changes, and improves, a workplace. Get it for your daughters - and your CEO." - Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist
"Jay Newton-Small has seen the future - and it may actually work. Fueled by detailed and intelligent reporting, she demonstrates that the arrival of women into positions of power will really make a difference. This is a real cause for optimism." - Joe Klein, Author of Charlie Mike and Primary Colors
"In this important and timely book, Jay Newton-Small helps Americans understand why the rise of women is not simply a matter of equality but an economic imperative for the United States." - Dana Milbank, Washington Post columnist
"Jay Newton-Small breaks up a great story. It's how women members of Congress have restored the lost politics of compromise. Where men waste time proving who's toughest, women give enduring priority to getting things done." - Chris Matthews, Host of Hardball on MSNBC
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Times Magazine writer Jay Newton-Small wants more women to join the corporate world, both private and public, become judges and lawyers and politicians. A woman's voice and experience matters when it comes to making society more equitable for everyone. Women ARE now gaining recognition across a "Broad Influence." Clever little pun there.
This book gets better after the first three chapters, which read as if Newton-Small is applauding all the females in Congress. There does seem to be a bias toward the more liberal females in the House and Senate (aka Democrats), but when one realizes that in 2015, according to the Center for American Women in politics, 104 (76D, 28R) women hold seats in the United States Congress, comprising 19.4% of the 535 members; 20 women (20%) serve in the United States Senate, and 84 women (19.3%) serve in the United States House of Representatives. This 20 percent is what Newton-Small describes as "critical mass," a percentage that can no longer be ignored.
The women in this book are all commendable women. She profiles Sen Patty Murray, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Rep Michelle Bachmann to name a few. By describing these women's stories, she is also describing some of the men who helped them and who convinced them to get active in politics. She paints House member Paul Ryan in a good light, Sen Strom Thurmond not so much. But it's not enough to get women active in our government, we must also encourage them to get involved in the legislative and judiciary branches of our government.Read more ›
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An excellently written study of societal change that can occur when the talent and intellect of women enter public life in every sphere.
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Great book about women in the workplace and what a difference a critical mass of women can make!Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well researched, well written and compelling! There were a few spots that I wanted to dig in even more on the research, but the way it was written it was probably more accessible... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Julie Kashen
A book women and men of all ages should read to move our future forward for the good of us all!Published 27 days ago by Pamela Peterson
Timely and very interesting read. Every Mother should purchase this book for her daughter and her friends.Published 1 month ago by Tina W.
Back in the 40's I was raised by a mother and father that were ahead of their time. My 3 sisters and I were raised as equals. The same was expected from all of us by our parents. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jim copley
Important and timely for all women and men. Should be required reading especially for those in leaderships positions across all industries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelly
This book has really shared a great deal of fantastic research on role women are playing in all areas of government and finance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Liz Diep