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Explores the strengths, background, and skills that have enabled women to achieve postions of political power, through interviews with twenty-five politically prominent women
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Cantor (a New Jersey psychologist) and Bernay (Neuropsychiatric Institute/UCLA) interview 25 prominent female elected officials in an attempt to analyze what life experiences enable women leaders to succeed. The results are largely predictable--though possibly useful for parents with ambitions for their daughters. The authors' project was a challenging one--to identify the obstacles that stood in the way of this country's most successful female elected officials and to examine how those obstacles are best overcome. Unfortunately, the necessarily sanitized ``official stories'' of such movers and shakers as Texas Governor Ann Richards, Colorado Representative Pat Schroeder, and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulsky, plus the brevity of the authors' interviews with their subjects (about an hour per subject, usually sandwiched between other pressing appointments in a busy schedule) seem unlikely sources of insight into what really makes today's women leaders tick. The result is a rather starry-eyed formula for success: ``Leadership'' = ``Competent Self'' (feeling of self- confidence) + ``Creative Aggression'' (ability to speak out and take initiative) + ``WomanPower'' (the determination and ability to make the world a better place). Strong mothers, admiring fathers, higher (and, often, all-female) education, and a supportive spouse all help encourage such qualities in women. Still, the study's failure to delve into the ways in which some of their subjects overcame an absence of such support--as well as its failure to compare the subjects' life experiences with those of unsuccessful women politicians and successful political men--leaves the source of women leaders' unusual confidence and drive largely a mystery. The foreword by Diane Feinstein and afterword by Geraldine Ferraro are likely to offer readers more insight into what makes a female leader, and may inspire more perceptive studies in the future. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
With the 1992 election around the c orner, this examination of women in power is particularly timely. Cantor and Bernay (co-editors of The Psychology of Today's Woman ) and freelance writer Stoess interviewed 25 prominent American female politicians--including Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Gov. Ann Richards of Texas and Congresswoman Pat Schroeder of Colorado--to identify common traits that led to their success. Not surprisingly, the authors discovered that women work harder than their male colleagues in order to be taken seriously as leaders and that the "old boys network" makes it difficult to crash the political glass ceiling. Cantor and Bernay conclude that "Competent Self," "Creative Aggression" and "WomanPower" (a concept of power that integrates female qualities) are three elements found in the women leaders. Many of the women defined power as "the ability to get things done" or to "make other people's lives better." Other findings that challenge widely held beliefs: the vast majority were married and had children, and as few as 20% came from wealthy families. The authors also suggest ways women can empower themselves and their daughters. Author tour.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX039553755X
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M039553755X