A few “first women” are making key decisions in high places but a few is not enough to have a significant impact. Changing what gets decided takes changing who makes the decisions. But with just 17% of Congressional seats and 14% of Fortune 500 board seats held by women, the leaders defining priorities and solutions continue to look and act much the same as generations ago.
Linda Tarr-Whelan marshals eye-opening facts and figures to decisively dispel the myths that still hold women back and shows women how to build their confidence and skills to pioneer a distinctive approach to leadership, one that emphasizes collaboration, communication and consensus. The proven tipping point, surprisingly, is just 30%--when women’s representation at the top reaches 30%, real change starts to happen. Drawing on her extraordinarily diverse background as a consultant, organizer, and diplomat, Tarr-Whelan offers a women-led strategy for change and a complete set of practical road-tested tools readers can use to become powerful partners in creating a better future in a rapidly changing world.
Closing the leadership gap is a win for everyone—it brings in new ideas, creates a more balanced and productive work environment, a revitalized social compact and demonstrable positive effects on the bottom line in business and government. Women Lead the Way artfully combines advocacy, research, and tactical guidance to help readers wedge the door open and bring more women through and up.
“Linda Tarr-Whelan’s astute and compelling analysis of the need for a critical mass of women at our nation’s decision-making tables and how to achieve it is right on target.”
—Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
“Unleashing the potential of women’s true economic leadership is critical to growth. We are half the labor force and own nearly half of small businesses—without women’s full economic participation there will be no complete, sustainable recovery.”
—Astrid Pregel , Senior Advisor, Women's Economic Empowerment, Canadian International Development Agency and President, Feminomics