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Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World Paperback – April 27, 2010
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"This book is perfectly timed to give momentum to the global tipping point which recognizes that when women thrive, everyone thrives. Reading and sharing the Iron Butterflies will help earn your wings." --Lisa Witter, co-author with Lisa Chen of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them
"Reading Iron Butterflies made me more determined to pursue the cause of women in Afghanistan. It is true that the stories and struggles of Afghan women are different from those of our sisters in developed countries. But no matter in what level of society we are struggling, we need to keep our feminine touch in order to make a difference at the leadership level. The Iron Butterflies in this book showed great courage by penetrating men's domains with a new gift to make our world more human and more beautiful."
--Fatima Gailani, president of the Red Crescent in Afghanistan
"This intellectual and dynamic treatise on women in the modern workplace demonstrates convincingly how empathy, emotional strength and an embrace of vulnerability are changing traditional, male-dominated management models. Declaring the Era of Women, Regine celebrates big picture thinkers as well as mindful feelers, a powerful message reinforced by the impressive professional biographies of each subject." --Publishers Weekly (web-exclusive)
"Iron Butterflies is especially essential reading for young women who often fail to appreciate just how hard-won are the opportunities they enjoy today. Nor do they realize, as Ms. Regine points out, that sexual discrimination still exists--as they'll find out when their heads start thudding against the glass ceiling. It's also an important book for men, who need to learn that they've got to get with the program or get out of the way. In fact, if they too adapt some of women's ways in the working world, they may not only find they can breathe a sigh of relief, but, in the long run, achieve more success....The word 'inspiring' is tossed around way too frequently. But in its depiction of the hardships that many of these women endured, sometimes from their earliest ages, and their emotional resilience and flexibility, this book inspires." --Russ Wellen, The Huffington Post
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Top Customer Reviews
However Birute Regine accomplished it, these women and the author herself generously share their vulnerabilities in order to candidly report on what it means to be a successful woman today. Birute makes a cogent argument for the fact that, given the mess men have made of things, the time is right (right now) for women as a gender to take over on a broad scale as leaders, locally and globally.
I have heard that "Iron Butterfly" chapters and book discussion groups are springing up around the country. I sure hope so and am joining the first one I find! READ THIS BOOK! Then give it to every woman you know...I sure am!
Why, indeed? Regine tells us why, in the stories of more than 50 women leaders from all over the world who share their struggles, their methods of counteracting discrimination in subtle and overt forms, and the feminine strengths that allow them to be leaders who are capable of "transforming the world."
Despite attempts to derail them, women are finding ways to lead that differ dramatically from the "gladiator" style that predominates in macho-led corporate and institutional cultures. Rather than become "Amazons" (or wanna-be gladiators,) these women have given themselves permission to be who they are: empathic, inclusive, compassionate, and cooperative. Unlike conventional wisdom, Regine discovered, these are the qualities that contribute to the bottom line; they don't detract from it. Rather than choosing to be "shape changers," Regine's phrase for women who've tried to be all things to all people while risking losing their integrity and authenticity, these women have an iron will to get things done, but to do it by using the culture of care, instead of the culture of power over others.
That women can get things done as leaders by caring about others' needs doesn't surprise me. What does surprise me is Regine's historical cultural chronicle of just how many ways that women are still hitting glass ceilings, still being subordinated or subordinating themselves, still encountering blatant sexism in the workplace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was recommended to me by a friend who loved it. It is not my style. It is too ethereal for my taste. She mentions the phrase "iron butterflies" way too often.Published on March 1, 2014 by Indy Reader
I'm a down to earth kind of person - looking for a book on strong women. This book claims to be about strong women but its written in a fluffy manner... Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by M. Frantzen
Great book to provide women with insight into the world we live in -- especially those working in a male dominated environment. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by phil k
'Be courageously vulnerable. Be open and creative as you stand for your beliefs. Speak and act against violence toward women. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by K. E.
Birute Regine's Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World has inspired me to be more open and to express my convictions. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Rebecca R
Iron Butterflies is a wonderful source to connect with our magnificent FEMALE ENERGY! This book provides a clearer understanding of or the reason for the lack of understanding of... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by ruth