Thursday, September 10, 2009

Women have the numbers. Why don't we have the power?

American women are the majority of voters, 80 percent of consumers, the majority of graduates of colleges, professional and graduate programs, and the driving force of entrepreneurship.

Those are impressive numbers.
And yet the wage gap persists, only a handful of women are on corporate boards or in corner offices--no matter the field or profession, women business owners still face unnecessary obstacles, Congress is only 16 percent women, and quality affordable and accessible childcare--concerns that most affect mothers--are still only a dream for most.

I'm awaiting a review copy of Linda Tarr-Whelan's upcoming book, Women Lead the Way. If you're unfamiliar with Tarr-Whelan...She was ambassador to the UN commission on the status of women in the Clinton administration, deputy assistant to President Jimmy Carter for women’s concerns, and was named one of the 50 most powerful women in Washington by Ladies Home Journal. She was also promptly fired from her first day of work as a RN after failing to stand when a male doctor entered the room (hard to believe but true).

According to promotional materials for Women Lead the Way:
[Tarr-Whelan] has developed a solution to how women and men alike can create effective 21st century leadership, that emphasizes women’s strengths of collaboration, communication and consensus. Her key? The “30% Solution,” the tipping point where women’s leadership can make the kind of real change that gets better government and business outcomes.

I'll share my thoughts on the book once I have a chance to review it. In the meantime...think you know where women stand? Test how much you know about women's progress below. (Hope you do better than I did. I only got two out of six right!)



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