Women World Leaders: Fifteen Great Politicians Tell Their Stories

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9780044409052: Women World Leaders: Fifteen Great Politicians Tell Their Stories

The world's most powerful women candidly discuss their obstacles, successes, failures, and the differences they perceive between male and female leaders.

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The author, a lawyer and international advocate of women's rights, interviewed 15 current and former presidents and prime ministers: Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan; Mary Robinson, Ireland; Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh; Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Iceland; Tansu Ciller, Turkey; Eugenia Charles, Dominica; Violeta Chamorro, Nicaragua; Gro Harlem Bruntland, Norway; and former leaders Corazon Aquino, Philippines; Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka; Edith Cresson, France; Maria Liberia-Peters, Netherlands Antilles; Kazimiera Prunskiene, Lithuania; Hanna Suchoka, Poland; Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain. Liswood discusses with these distinguished women their family backgrounds, how they got into politics (roughly a quarter came to office after the assassination of their politically active husbands), their leadership styles and their advice to women who want to go into politics. Other subjects are also treated, such as marianismo in Nicaragua-the idea that women must be virtuous and humble "like the Virgin Mary"; Bangladesh as an example of how family planning can be made to work even in impoverished nations. The women also discuss matters of a more personal nature, e.g., Finnbogadottir speaks of the advantages of being unmarried. The book includes an informative review of the status of women in each of the countries represented. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal:

The conversations forming the basis of this book come from a video prepared for the Fourth World Conference on Women, which presents interviews with 15 women presidents and prime ministers by lawyer/activist Liswood. In this volume, Liswood organizes the chapters thematically, liberally using excerpts from the interviews to discuss a variety of questions: Are women politicians perceived differently from men? Do women in fact employ different leadership styles? Who served as role models for these women leaders? What is significant about women in government? In a brief conclusion, Liswood emphasizes the need for women political leaders in order to ensure proper attention to women's issues. Liswood also provides brief biographies and thumbnail sketches of the leaders' countries. Suitable for a popular audience.?Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.
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