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As co-founder of the White House project on women's leadership, Wilson is passionate in her belief that women's voices at the table offer an opportunity to shape policy around the marginalized issues of violence, education and healthcare. Making room for women at the top also gives men permission to bring their soft side to work." As she explains, "Both men and women must be in power to moderate the influence of masculinity in all of us." Such polemic does not prevent Wilson from making a persuasive case for role expansion rather than role reversal. Her practical approach to developing women as leaders is two pronged. First, individual women must confront four "Scarlett A's"(authority, ambition, ability, authenticity) that create barriers to leadership. Then, she describes the cultural and institutional changes that would involve men and women in sharing domestic leadership.
Her examples are fascinating and eclectic--including anecdotes about A-list leaders such as Hilary Clinton and Paramount Chair Sherry Lansing; research about hairstyles, husbands, and hemlines of female candidates; and tales from her election to the Des Moines City Council. Wilson puts on gender glasses to examine the "celluloid ceiling" in Hollywood. In all of her examples, the goal is nothing less than changing expectations of both sexes. Even those readers who may not agree that women share similar--even superior--leadership values, will applaud her goal: The opportunity for women and men to integrate the satisfactions of leadership and family life. --Barbara Mackoff
This was required reading at my sisters all-female college. The class was towards her completing a basically worthless, Communications degree.Published 22 months ago by Sean Anders
I ordered this book for a Women in Leadership college course, and it really sheds light on some very sensitive issues. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Joe
Whle I enjoyed readying this book and the infodump that came with it, I can't bring myself to give it a five. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by Madeline Hero
It was interesting to me to see a shift in the way Marie Wilson talked about women. At first, she seemed to be playing into the stereotypes often weighing down females in the... Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Baron
As a leading women's activist, Marie C. Wilson, explains the reasons why more women are needed at the highest level of government. Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Celina S
fast shipping, a book had a bar code cut out and some pages in the back were cut on the bottom with the bar code, the main pages were not effected.Published on January 21, 2009 by Anastasia A. Zhuk
Marie C. Wilson's book, Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World pinpoints politics as Feminism's last frontier. Read morePublished on April 16, 2008 by M. A. Aguilar
Same old whine -- and we must stop it. It all goes back to ONE. Being the first to step up and out. As Nike urges: JUST DO IT. If you don't like what is happening speak up. Read morePublished on April 13, 2008 by Eagle Mom
This book was really intriguing and so informative. Marie C. Wilson writes in a relatable way and her stories and experiences bring the book to life. Read morePublished on July 10, 2006 by Valerie Blanchard