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Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works Hardcover – January 5, 2016

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"A cogent argument for gender parity and a revealing look at cultural change." - Kirkus Reviews



"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

About the Author

Jay Newton-Small is a political correspondent for TIME, covering Congress, politics and foreign policy, and covered Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign and her tenure at the State Department. She has focused extensively on women's role in Washington, as evidenced by her Oct. 2013 cover story, Women Are the Only Adults Left in Washington, about the 20 women senators who broke the logjam to get the government restarted and avoid default. She has interviewed every female member of Congress; every living past and present female cabinet member.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Time; 1 edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618931555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618931559
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although this book is written about American women and is clearly geared to an American audience it has international appeal and relevance. At a time when most decision makers on the world stage are men it is a timely reminder of the impact women can exert once they have reached a critical mass. This is applicable not only to politics but just as importantly to organised religion and international business which remain key drivers in our social economy. Lack of respect for women in both overt and subtle forms is an underlying theme running through "Broad Influence". This situation is likely to continue until women in positions of power find themselves part of Newton-Small's critical mass where they are taken seriously as members of a now sizeable minority rather than lone figures of ridicule or condescension. One only has to consider the current preoccupation with this issue in Australia, arguably the world's most egalitarian society, to appreciate the value and potential influence of Newton-Small's observations.
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An essential book for our time. Broad Influence is a fresh and fascinating look at the ways women are shaping every corner of life in America and beyond, but also a thrilling read about one of the most under-reported yet profoundly consequential forces shaping our world today. This should be required reading in every University, every boardroom and every courthouse in the United States.
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This is another non-fiction book I was recently presently surprised by as it brought more to the table than I initially realized it would. The title of this volume makes one believe it will be an examination of women in politics, which it is, but it goes much deeper into a theory of a tipping point, called critical mass, that lets women become more powerful -- though not yet as powerful as men -- by forming deeper partnerships and community with each other in their roles. This book is a quick read, but a thorough one. I hope Newton-Small tackles similar topics in future publications.
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This is a great book that is ready for 2015. It has information that I can use (i.e. until an organization reaches 20% of any minority, change is difficult). There is a lot of information, though I wish it were better foot-noted so I could refer to the original studies/research so well referenced. This book isn't about what SHOULD be done, or what OUGHT be done -- but is instead an objective look at facts. A good follow on to Lean In!
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Jay Newton Small has written an important and insightful book about what happens as women obtain positions of leadership commensurate with their ratio of the population. She brings her ideas to life with great stories -- a favorite is the discussion female Representatives had during the federal government shutdown. It's a book that deepened my understanding of what gender balance from elected office positions to the board room will mean for the way the world works (and it will largely create very beneficial outcomes). I highly recommend it.
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Often the conversation about women in the workplace is about equal pay or the lack of females in leadership roles. This book has a smart take that goes beyond the ordinary. With women making up a majority of college and law school graduates what will the world look like when women begin to make up a larger share of corporate boards or even legislative bodies? This book gives a glimpse of the near future.
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Not once is the word "feminist" or "feminism" used in the text. Neither words bother me, but I know it bothers many men and women.

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.
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