“Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons”

A powerful call to action captured within the pages of a book.

Women make up fewer than ten percent of national leaders worldwide, and behind this eye-opening statistic lies a pattern of unequal access to power. Through conversations with some of the world’s most powerful and interesting women–including Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Bachelet, and Theresa May–“Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons” (on sale February 2nd, 2021 from The MIT PRESS), explores gender bias and asks why there aren’t more women in leadership roles.

Speaking honestly and freely, these women talk about having their ideas stolen by male colleagues, what it’s like to be called fat or a slut in the media, and what things they wish they had done differently. The stories they tell reveal vividly how gender and sexism affect perceptions of women as leaders. Using current research as a starting point, Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala–both political leaders in their own countries–analyze the lived experiences of these women leaders. The result is a rare insight into life as a leader and a powerful call to arms for women everywhere.

The book has received incredible early reviews including:

“Much-needed, frank talk from exceptional female leaders about how they’ve dealt with sexism in the line of duty.”
–Kirkus Reviews, Kirkus Star

“The ultimate lesson learned is that there is no “right way” to be a woman leader; all situations are unique and there are no specific set of rules for balancing work and personal endeavors…A thought-provoking study of women and leadership and an outstanding contribution to this topic.”
–Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW


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