Feminist author and women’s social justice activist, Gloria Feldt explores ways women can equalize their gender power in politics in her new book, No Excuses, 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.
Earlier this year, the gender balance in the American workforce tipped toward women: For every man who receives a bachelor’s degree this year, three women will do the same. Yet there is still a 20% pay gap between men and women, and women represent only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs. What’s wrong with this picture?
In No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power (Seal Press / October 2010 / $24.95), Gloria Feldt asserts that today, nobody is keeping women from parity—except themselves. Combining extensive research, her personal experience as former CEO and president of the Planned Parenthood Federation, and interviews with dozens of women politicians, business owners, and activists, Feldt concludes that the doors of opportunity are open; however, at the rate women are leading the way through the doors, it will take 70 years to reach parity with their male counterparts.
While many structural barriers remain, No Excuses reveals how women limit themselves by adhering to outdated social structures and by succumbing to pressure to conform to society’s standards. Feldt argues that women must shift the way they think about power and leadership for transformational social change to happen.
Not content to state problems, Feldt gives women the 9 Ways–dynamic tools to overcome the external and internal barriers keeping them from power and leadership. No Excuses has nine chapters, each organized around a specific power tool that will help women change the way they think—and the way they act—so they can lead unlimited lives.
With eye-opening and invaluable information written by one of today’s most respected and well-known feminist voices, No Excuses is a timely and important resource to help women equalize gender power in politics, work, and love.
Gloria Feldt is a nationally renowned activist and author whose passion for social justice has propelled her life’s work. Her previous books include the New York Times bestseller Send Yourself Roses, coauthored with actress Kathleen Turner, Behind Every Choice Is a Story, and The War on Choice.
Feldt’s passion for bettering women’s lives remains her driving force as an independent commentator on women’s issues, politics, media, and leadership. She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University and serves on the board of the Women’s Media Center.