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Influence: How Women's Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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"It's rapidly dawning on women that their growing economic power offers a tremendous opportunity to . . . change lives, markets, and the environment, simultaneously. Maddy Dychtwald has captured this speeding train with insight, data, and substance . . . A must-read."―Cathie Black, President, Hearst Magazines
"When you read this information-packed, story-filled, and very encouraging book, you'll feel renewed hope that women will be able to shape the future significantly, for the good of all of us."―Andrea Dew Steele, Founder and President, Emerge America
"Influence shows us a tectonic shift in gender roles, responsibilities, and possibilities . . . a book with the potential to change the consciousness of everyone who reads it, and, so, to help bring about the very improvements it describes."―Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
"Dychtwald's book title says it all . . . A great read for anyone who wants the latest thinking, insights, and case studies from the front lines of women's advancement efforts--and, importantly, how you as an individual can help."―Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Ernst & Young
"Influence is an imperative measure of the great 21st-Century Economic Evolution propelled by the distinctive determination of women."―Aude Zieseniss de Thuin, Founder and CEO, Women's Forum for the Economy & Society
"Women don't usually run for elected office unless they are asked to run--several times . . . Influence convincingly asks women--more than several times--to see their opportunities for leadership and to seize them. We know that when you add women, you change everything. Let's do it!"―Marie C. Wilson, Founder and President, The White House Project
"Dychtwald and Larson show how women are gaining power and influence . . . [and] changing the world for the better. Eye-opening and encouraging."―Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Top Customer Reviews
I was a little annoyed by the start of the book, because for about 60s pages it goes on about women who "have it all" - finish-rich career options, darling little babies, understanding (doctor, lawyer-type) husbands ...
While the book at times gives a nod of appreciation to women in third world countries, it really focuses too exclusively, in my opinion, on a class of very smart and ambitious women. Too many examples of woman x who gave up her affluent corporate job to raise a child while her lawyer husband brings home the cash. Too many examples of women who ended up with mr. Right, who is sticking around to help her raise a family. A few examples of women who didn't end up with mr. Right but since they have awesome jobs it's ok. What about the women who have the kids but don't have the partner and don't have the awesome job?
The problem with poor people is they aren't glamorous and they aren't intteresting to read about. That's why they don't get much coverage in check-stand tabloids. Only the rich people do.
A woman could be profiled here if she is a single mom (by choice) who gives up a great job to raise her kid. She can be profiled here if she has a great husband who takes care of the kids while she goes out and brings home the bacon - from a very nice job of course... but if she is a mom without a great career and without the uber-husband she is hard to find here.Read more ›
As an adult male, my personal reading of "Influence" was not strictly through my own eyes but also through the eyes of the three generations of women I hold dear including: my mother, who re-entered the workforce to raise my siblings after my father passed away; my wife, who worked hard, became well-educated and had a successful professional career in the field of law; and my two daughters who are just beginning to write their own unique stories. As a father, "Influence" bolstered my private hope that my daughters should indeed feel free to dream big and pursue a life on their own terms, unencumbered by false gender limits.
According to Dychtwald, channeling Abraham Maslow's concept of the hierarchy if needs, there are three stages of Economic Power: survival, independence, and influence. As women reach the third stage, they will demonstrate what Maslow characterizes as "self-actualization" and the sooner the better because nations, corporations, and communities "must seek better ways to nurture and harness the full talents of their entire population, both women and men. And there is ample hard evidence to show that tapping women's talents, in every sphere, will make the world more equitable and more prosperous."
Throughout her narrative, Dychtwald draws upon what she learned during more than 100 in-depth interviews of "financially empowered" and "socially enlightened" women, sharing their insights and perspectives. "Three clear trends quickly emerged from out research - trends that were largely on the surface, already supported by private studies, but that hadn't been probed as deeply before.Read more ›
If you are a woman, you should gain encouragement from this book. The book traces the significant gains women are making in every segment of life. "Between 2000 and 2008, women's average weekly wages grew steadily, while men's did not." "Today, women hold 51 percent of all management, professional and related positions in the United States."
If you are a man, you must understand this growing influence and how to work with women. It is no longer a man's world and trying to resist the wave of change will only hurt your efforts.
This book is filled with real life examples of women who are highly successful, who manage to have both a family and a career.
There are some very interesting contrasts between men and women - what drives them to seek money and how differently they treat money. Men tend to be more concerned with what they can do with money while women are more concerned with doing good for their families.
Women will probably come away with a better feeling about themselves and their potential from reading this book. Men will be a little more sober about the changes they need to make to fit into a world where women are becoming more and more influential.
Influence captures the changing economic influence of women in a well written, easy to read book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great information and great read. As Executive producer of the PBS all women's news analysis program To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Cari Stein
My wife read this book because of my lack of time. Accordingly, she also helped by writing the review. This book should be titled, "Market to Women Dummy". Ms. Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by Dave
This is an interesting and broad survey of women's roles in the modern world. It is frankly quite optimistic, seeing positive change everywhere. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Phyllis S., NYC
This book swings for the fences. It takes on a big theme, the economic power of women, and creates a compelling case for how women are succeeding at developing economic power and... Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Duff Sr.
I did not think a book on the subject of women and economics could actually fun to read but that is what I found with "Influence, How Women's Soaring Economic Power Will Transform... Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by K. Mankin
INFLUENCE: HOW WOMEN'S SOARING ECONOMIC POWER WILL TRANSFORM OUR WORLD FOR THE BETTER examines the emergency of women as an economic force, considering how women are on the brink... Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Dychtwald and Larson have written a lively, inspirational, reader friendly book. They have done their homework, compiling the latest developments in the area of women's economic... Read morePublished on June 23, 2010 by Linda Bloom
2010 is quite a year. Quite a year for women. Coast-to-coast, South Carolina to California, in the November mid-term elections, women will go up against men in newsworthy numbers,... Read morePublished on June 18, 2010 by Story Circle Book Reviews
A critically important comprehensive summary of women's economic achievements and potential, with an inspiring conclusion. Bravo!Published on May 16, 2010 by M. Parrish