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Women Lead

Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders

Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney L. Vien and Caroline Molina-Ray

Women are taking the lead in today’s workforce. They hold half of America’s jobs, 51% of supervisory and managerial positions, and nearly 60% of all college degrees. A woman starts a business in the U.S. every 60 seconds. Without women, the U.S. economy would be 25% smaller than it is today.
Women Lead is an in-depth examination of women’s role in today’s workplace. Drawing on interviews with nearly 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3000 male and female managers, the book explains 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.
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Foreword by Gail M. Romero

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Women lead, and they certainly rule. Empowered women are creating a sustainable future for upcoming generations, who will benefit from their vast social and economic contributions.

Women continue to command attention on the global stage, as exemplified by the three who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for their efforts to secure women’s safety and rights. For the first time ever, all nations participating in the 2012 Olympic Games had female athletes competing, and in another first, female U.S. athletes outnumbered U.S. male athletes. Women at the highest levels of global leadership—from the Chancellor of the EU’s most economically vibrant country, to the first female head of state in Africa, to the U.S. Secretary of State—provide inspiring examples of just what is possible when young women have a dream and a path to attain it.

Right here at home, women are a powerful economic force. Between 1970 and 2009, women went from holding 37% of all jobs to nearly 48%—without these 38 million more female workers our economy would be 25% smaller today. Currently, more than half of American women are breadwinners. Increasing numbers of female entrepreneurs and women in the C-suite are also helping to drive an economic revival: Fortune 500 companies with the most women board directors outperform those with the fewest by 26%. ← vii | viii →

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