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  • Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States, 2013
    Tiffani Lennon, J.D., Chair, Law and Society, Colorado Women’s College—University of Denver
    University of Denver – Colorado Women’s College
    Benchmarking Women's Leadership in the US 2013
    Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver recently released a groundbreaking study evaluating women in leadership positions across a range of for- and not-for-profit organizations.  The study, Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States, 2013 is helping to further Colorado Women's College’s mission to educate and empower women to boldly lead in the communities where they live, work and engage.
    Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States, 2013 marks the first time that women in leadership roles across 14 sectors were examined, with the results compiled into one comprehensive report that can be found at
    Results revealed that women are outperforming men, but they are not earning salaries or obtaining leadership roles commensurate with their higher levels of performance.  
  • The White House Project: Benchmarking Women's Leadership 2012

    Benchmarking Women's Leadership in the US 2012

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    This report seeks to address that contradiction and offer concrete, practical recommendations that involve specific accountability measures to track progress as well as creative, “out-of-the box” suggestions. Each of these sector-specific recommendations builds upon what is the key factor to achieving true transformation across all leadership fields — propelling a critical mass of diverse women into leadership alongside men. Research has demonstrated that achieving critical mass (at least one-third) of women in leadership is essential to moving beyond gender to the new agenda our nation needs — and will allow women and men to work in partnership to build a stronger economy, better institutions, and a more representative democracy


  • Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern
    Joan C. Chrisler, Editor Foreword by Joy K. Rice, PhD

    Book jacket: Reproductive JusticEvery woman in the world has the right to control her own body, plan her family, receive good quality medical care, and give birth to a healthy baby. This book takes a comprehensive look at the status of women's reproductive rights from a transnational, human-rights perspective.

    The statistics are ugly: one woman somewhere in the world dies every minute of every day due to pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications. The United Nations estimates that three million girls worldwide are at risk of female genital cutting each year. Every year, tens of thousands of women die due to unsafe abortions. And the sex trafficking of girls and women continues to be a problem that affects many countries.

    "Reproductive justice" is a relatively new term that underscores the fact that the existence of reproductive rights does not mean that women are able to exercise those rights. For women unable to exercise their rights for any number of reasons—a lack of available services where they live, lack of money or health insurance to pay for services, being forbidden by family members to seek services—the reality is they have no choices to make and possess little if any control over their own bodies, regardless of what the government states their "rights" are.

    Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern provides a comprehensive and integrated examination of the status of reproductive rights for the world's women, covering a wide range of reproductive rights issues. Topics include women's rights to determine their own sexuality and choose their own partners, rape, sex trafficking, fertility treatments and other assisted reproductive technologies, contraception and abortion, maternal and infant mortality, postpartum support, and breastfeeding.

    • Contributions from 25 distinguished international scholars with research, practice, and public policy expertise on reproductive rights 
    • Bibliography with each chapter
    • Concluding chapter on international public policy

    • Gathers and analyzes statistical data and research from many diverse countries
    • Covers a wide variety of topics related to reproductive justice, including rape, female genital cutting, and STDs alongside discussions of subjects such as contraception, abortion, and maternal/infant mortality, allowing readers to develop a well-rounded and integrated understanding of the issues
    • Presents information in an accessible, interesting style, making this book suitable for both classroom and reference use, and ideal for the educated lay reader with an interest in women's issues

    (Publisher's book synopsis)

  • The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries
    Kathi Weeks
    Duke University Press
    Book jacket: The Problem with WorkIn The Problem with Work, Kathi Weeks boldly challenges the presupposition that work, or waged labor, is inherently a social and political good. While progressive political movements, including the Marxist and feminist movements, have fought for equal pay, better work conditions, and the recognition of unpaid work as a valued form of labor, even they have tended to accept work as a naturalized or inevitable activity. Weeks argues that in taking work as a given, we have “depoliticized” it, or removed it from the realm of political critique. Employment is now largely privatized, and work-based activism in the United States has atrophied. We have accepted waged work as the primary mechanism for income distribution, as an ethical obligation, and as a means of defining ourselves and others as social and political subjects. Taking up Marxist and feminist critiques, Weeks proposes a postwork society that would allow people to be productive and creative rather than relentlessly bound to the employment relation. Work, she contends, is a legitimate, even crucial, subject for political theory.
    About The Author
    Kathi Weeks is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Constituting Feminist Subjects and a co-editor of The Jameson Reader.
  • Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer
    Susan Gubar
    W. W. Norton & Company

    Book jacket: Memoir of a Debulked WomanIn this moving memoir, a renowned feminist scholar explores the physical and psychological ordeal of living with ovarian cancer.

    Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar underwent radical debulking surgery, an attempt to excise the cancer by removing part or all of many organs in the lower abdomen. Her memoir mines the deepest levels of anguish and devotion as she struggles to come to terms with her body’s betrayal and the frightful protocols of contemporary medicine. She finds solace in the abiding love of her husband, children, and friends while she searches for understanding in works of literature, visual art, and the testimonies of others who suffer with various forms of cancer.

    Ovarian cancer remains an incurable disease for most of those diagnosed, even those lucky enough to find caring and skilled physicians. Memoir of a Debulked Woman is both a polemic against the ineffectual and injurious medical responses to which thousands of women are subjected and a meditation on the gifts of companionship, art, and literature that sustain people in need.

    (Publisher's book synopsis)


  • Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes: Canadian Women, Smoking, and Visual Culture, 1880-2000
    Sharon Anne Cook
    McGill-Queen's University Press

    Book jacket: Sex, Lies, & CigarettesDespite well documented health risks, young women are still drawn to the act of smoking and continue to smoke at an alarming rate. A century ago, women were vocal leaders of campaigns against tobacco across North America. In Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes, Sharon Anne Cook explores the history of the paradoxical relationship between women and the cigarette, in a sensitive and lively description of the many different meanings that smoking has held for women.

    Focusing on the social context of smoking, Cook explores its allure for elite, middle-class, working, and marginalized women from the late-nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. She argues that smoking's attraction is rooted in women's changing identity formation and in strategies for empowerment, an idea enriched through extensive analysis of visual culture. It is in these images (yearbooks, posters, photographic collages, print advertisements, billboards, movies) but also in the act of smoking itself, that women harnessed the power of the visual. Smoking remains a powerful way for women to express themselves and is closely connected to the processes of modernity, sexualization, and commodification of desire. Textual documents (newspapers, magazine features, textbooks, teachers' guides) and oral testimony are also explored to show how dominant discourses of smoking, sexuality, and health have shaped women's experiences and how women have moulded these discourses themselves.

    The first comprehensive study of women and smoking in Canada, Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes creates a rich portrait of the cultural factors that have resulted in over a century of women smokers.

    Sharon Anne Cook is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa.

    (Publisher's book synopsis)


  • Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
    Linda Hirshman

    Book jacket: VictorySupreme Court lawyer and political pundit Linda Hirshman details the stunning story of how a resourceful and dedicated minority transformed the notion of American marriage equality and forged a campaign for cultural change that will serve as a model for all future political movements. In the vein of Taylor Branch’s classic Parting of the Waters, Hirshman’s groundbreaking Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution is the powerful story of a massive shift in American culture. Hirshman offers an insider’s view of the crucial struggle that is leading to change, incorporating her unique experiences and insights and drawing upon new interviews—with movement titans such as Frank Kameny and Phyllis Lyon, with next-generation activists such as Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, and with allies including the likes of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand—to create a comprehensive, inspiring history of change in our time.

    Book Description
    A Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit details the enthralling and groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement, revealing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America forever.
    When the modern struggle for gay rights erupted—most notably at a bar called Stonewall in Greenwich Village—in the summer of 1969, most religious traditions condemned homosexuality; psychiatric experts labeled people who were attracted to others of the same sex "crazy"; and forty-nine states outlawed sex between people of the same gender. Four decades later, in June 2011, New York legalized gay marriage—the most populous state in the country to do so thus far. The armed services stopped enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, ending a law that had long discriminated against gay and lesbian members of the military. Successful social movements are always extraordinary, but these advances were something of a miracle.
    Political columnist Linda Hirshman recounts the long roads that led to these victories, viewing the gay rights movement within the tradition of American freedom as the third great modern social-justice movement, alongside the civil rights movement and the women's rights movement. Drawing on an abundance of published and archival material, and hundreds of in-depth interviews, Hirshman shows, in this astute political analysis, how the fight for gay rights has changed the American landscape for all citizens—blurring rigid gender lines, altering the shared culture, and broadening our definitions of family.
    From the Communist cross-dresser Harry Hay in 1948 to New York's visionary senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010, the story includes dozens of brilliant, idiosyncratic characters. Written in vivid prose, at once emotional and erudite,Victory is an utterly vibrant work of reportage and eyewitness accounts, revealing how, in a matter of decades, while facing every social adversary—church, state, and medical establishment—a focused group of activists forged a classic campaign for cultural change that will serve as a model for all future political movements.
  • A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word
    Julie Zeilinger
    Seal Press

    Book jacket: A Little F'd UpYoung women today have a bad reputation, and for good reason: They’re sexting their classmates, they spend more time on Facebook than they do in class, and their appetite for material possessions and reality TV is matched only by their overwhelming apathy about important social and political issues. Right?


    FBomb blog creator Julie Zeilinger debunks these (and other) myths about modern youth in A Little F’d Up, the first book about feminism for young women in their teens and twenties to actually be written by one of their peers. In this accessible handbook, Zeilinger takes a critical, honest, and humorous look at where young feminists are as a generation, and where they’re going—and she does so from the perspective of someone who’s in the trenches right alongside her readers.

    Fun, funny, and engaging, A Little F’d Up is a must-read for the growing number of intelligent, informed young women out there who are ready to start finding their voice—and changing the world.

    About the author

    Originally from Pepper Pike, Ohio, 18-year-old Julie Zeilinger is currently an undergraduate at Barnard College, Columbia University. The founder and editor of FBomb (, a feminist blog and community for teens and young adults who care about their rights and want to be heard, Zeilinger has been named one of the eight most influential bloggers under the age of 21 by Woman’s Day magazine, one of More Magazine’s “New Feminists You Need To Know,” one of The Times' “40 Bloggers Who Really Count,” and one of the Plain Dealer’s “Most Interesting People of 2011.” She has contributed to the Huffington Post,, Skirt! magazine, and the Cleveland Jewish News, among other publications.

    (Publisher's book synopsis)

  • You Can't Eat Dirt: Leading the First All-Women Tribal Council and How We Changed Palm Springs
    Vyola J. Ortner and Diana C. du Pont
    Fan Palm Research Project

    We are just dirt rich," admitted Vyola Olinger (later Ortner) in the summer of 1958, when, as chairman of the first all-women tribal council in the United States, she presided over "one of the biggest real estate deals . . . in the country" and the most consequential ever on Indian land. Released by the Fan Palm Research Project, You Can't Eat Dirt: Leading the First All-Women Tribal Council and How We Changed Palm Springs chronicles Olinger's trailblazing political career.

    Part autobiography, part biography, this beautifully designed and thoroughly researched publication--filled with rare historical documents and archival photographs--tells the remarkable story of Olinger's rapid ascent in 1954 to the chairmanship of the Tribal Council for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, California. It explains how--against all odds--she and her fellow female tribal leaders came together during the 1950s to forever alter the destinies and fortunes of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla and, ultimately, of other tribes across this nation.

    (Press release)


  • The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women
    Elisabeth Badinter
    Metropolitan Books

    Book jacket: The ConflictIn the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Time BindThe Conflict, a #1 European bestseller, identifies a surprising setback to women's freedom: progressive modern motherhood

    Elisabeth Badinter has for decades been in the vanguard of the European fight for women's equality. Now, in an explosive new book, she points her finger at a most unlikely force undermining the status of women: liberal motherhood, in thrall to all that is "natural." Attachment parenting, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, and especially breast-feeding—these hallmarks of contemporary motherhood have succeeded in tethering women to the home and family to an extent not seen since the 1950s. Badinter argues that the taboos now surrounding epidurals, formula, disposable diapers, cribs—and anything that distracts a mother's attention from her offspring—have turned childrearing into a singularly regressive force.
    In sharp, engaging prose, Badinter names a reactionary shift that is intensely felt but has not been clearly articulated until now, a shift that America has pioneered. She reserves special ire for the orthodoxy of the La Leche League—an offshoot of conservative Evangelicalism—showing how on-demand breastfeeding, with all its limitations, curtails women's choices. Moreover, the pressure to provide children with 24/7 availability and empathy has produced a generation of overwhelmed and guilt-laden mothers—one cause of the West's alarming decline in birthrate.
    A bestseller in Europe, The Conflict is a scathing indictment of a stealthy zealotry that cheats women of their full potential.