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Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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From the Book: Quotes from Women Leading Change
"When a child says, 'Give me back my soul,' I translate it into 'Give me justice.'"
Samar Minallah KhanPakistan
"When it comes to women's rights or human rights, in Pakistan there is a kind of a culture of silence. It was very important that some sort of a movement based on media should somehow start that would challenge the mindset or that would help in breaking the silence."
"I believe in people's innate ability to succeed. I believe that success is defined by ourselves and is within each and every one of us. The job of a leader or a facilitator or a politician is to help people define success for themselves, identify the ways in which they can succeed, what they need to do to succeed, and to accompany them along the road to that success."
#8 Washington Post Best Seller (Hardcover Nonfiction)
“In this compelling new book, Alyse Nelson shares the stories of the remarkable women who have motivated her work at Vital Voices. For anyone who wants our world to live up to the promises of the twenty-first century, look no further than these determined agents of change for blueprints on courageous leadership.”
—Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
—Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
“I have been humbled and inspired throughout my life by the determination of African women and women in other parts of the developing world who are committed to bettering their families and their communities. The power and possibility of women's leadership are captured in this book's innovative model. There has never been a more fitting time for the world to embrace a new brand of leadership by embracing the power and possibility of women worldwide.”
—H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“From the poorest villages to the highest government offices, women are leading the way in tackling humanity's biggest challenges. Alyse Nelson's Vital Voices imagines what's possible if we can fully tap the unique leadership potential of all women and girls. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in building a better world.”
—Melinda French Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Over the next 25 years, nothing will do more to build a more peaceful, more prosperous, and more sustainable world than the empowerment of women and girls. As an innovative and collaborative leader, Vital Voices is making a profound and lasting difference for the better, as the stories in this book clearly demonstrate.”
—Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
“This powerful book tells the story of a pioneering organization and shows us what is possible when we invest in transformational leaders—from dissidents to entrepreneurs, these women motivate us and change lives.”
—Tina Brown, editor-in-chief, Newsweek and The Daily Beast
“Vital Voices is a vital read. The world is changing and in the places where the most progress is happening, women are leading the charge. Alyse Nelson empirically states the case that when women are given opportunities, they seize them and ignite positive changes in their communities and even their countries. At a time of such universal economic uncertainty, investing in women can make all of the difference.”
—Lisa Ling, executive producer and host, Our America
Top Customer Reviews
For me, the format of the book was not a detriment, but a great way to showcase many different stories. The author left me feeling like, even though there were so many stories already told, there were many more she could have included. Ultimately, I left this book feeling inspired, and encouraged to try to find a way to help my own community, both on the issues of women's rights and just in general.
Not your traditional beach read-- much more spiritually nourishing than that! A great book!
1. Economic, political, and scientific progress cannot be furthered beyond a certain point without the inclusion of all groups in the society. Countries that do not allow for the full participation of women in all aspects of their society will never be able to progress to their full potential. "Women's progress is global progress."
2. Women, and their informal sub-culture within many countries, can be a catalyst for change when other more formal holders of power are too corrupt to too complacent to facilitate the needed transformation.
3. Conditions in many parts of the world are still so horrendous that most Americans and other Westerners cannot even fathom the horror.
The style of this book is a collection of essays. Some might not like this format, in general, but it fits the material well. I didn't mind it.
I highly recommend you read this book. I guarantee that no matter what your interest, vocation, or profession is, you will learn from this book about the state of the world, leadership, and managing transformation.
o A driving force or sense of mission
o Strong roots in the community
o An ability to connect across lines that divide
o Bold ideas and bold action
o A resolve to pay it forward
According to the Foreword provided by the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton and its Founder, Vital Voices can be traced back to the United Nations' Beijing women's conference in 1995 when delegates from 189 nations met to discuss various issues. Since then, hundreds of thousands of women have helped to build an increasingly stronger, more influential global organization that continues to support as well as stand both with and behind women around the world. During the past seventeen years, much of great value has been learned. As Nelson explains, "Our goal, with this book, is to share those lessons as widely as we can in the hopes that other women -- and all individuals -- who aspire to make a difference can draw inspiration, guidance, and hope from these voices, their stories, and their successes."
Each of the five chapters is introduced by a "vital voice" among the extraordinary women who, in the words of the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton (VVGP founder), "are on the front lines across the world who make each of us dare a little more, risk a little more, do a little more." Specifically, these are the leaders who introduce the first five chapters:
One: The Honorable Michelle Bachelet (Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women)
Two: Dr.Read more ›
Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson lays out stories of women who have changed their worlds for the better. For 15 years, CEO Nelson has been part of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a group that has honored women who want to enable others to become change agents and advocates for social justice. The stories of passion and persistence are great to read.
Their effectiveness in overcoming the many and extreme challenges that get in their way is inspiring. What is superb is that the author lays out the core traits that these amazing women leaders have in common. Read the Introduction and the chapter: "Leadership is a Journey, not a Destination" which are in themselves worth the cost of the book.
In reading this book [ASIN:1118184777 Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World] you too can find your vital leadership voice!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an inspiring collection of first hand experiences from women around the world involved in the fight for human rights. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Damaskcat
I ordered this book for Mrs C, who loves political/historical/human rights type of books. I did not really know what to expect as I have never read a book like this before. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Happy Bunny
A book like this is important to come across and read. Women the world over have been victimized and enslaved and taken for granted. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Connie
The voice underlying these chapters is one of confidence and justice. The result is an empowering read. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by L. Perry
I loved the idea of this book. I so looked forward to reading the stories of women who are creating huge changes in the world, and a forward by Hillary Clinton was a bonus. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Susan R. Meyer
I really enjoyed this inspiring, wonderful book. It's filled with stories of women around the world (and often just "ordinary women"--not necessarily women with previous... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Mayflower Girl
Women in the US go to college at higher rates than men, get Masters degrees and Ph.Ds more than men but make much less than men. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Lynn Ellingwood
The best part of this book is all of the 42 stories about brave
women who were inspired to improve the rights of women in their
countries. Read more
Multigenerational, multidisciplinary and multicultural, Vital Voices is a bold collection of womens' commitments towards changing the world. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Jill Florio