With women making up only 14 percent of Congress and with only eight women CEOs in the entire group of Fortune 500 companies, women's collective voices are clearly underrepresented. Nor are they proportionately present on the airwaves or in the op-ed pages of the country's newspapers. This book helps right that imbalance by giving women a platform for voicing their opinions, priorities, hopes, and ideas for change. The book includes short experiences, stories, thoughts, and meditations written and shared by women...
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If Women Ruled the World

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With women making up only 14 percent of Congress and with only eight women CEOs in the entire group of Fortune 500 companies, women's collective voices are clearly underrepresented. Nor are they proportionately present on the airwaves or in the op-ed pages of the country's newspapers. This book helps right that imbalance by giving women a platform for voicing their opinions, priorities, hopes, and ideas for change. The book includes short experiences, stories, thoughts, and meditations written and shared by women around the world. Authors, celebrities, experts, and politicians are included, along with soccer moms and teenage girls, creating a work that is humorous, moving, questioning, opinionated, warm, and informative as it examines what women would choose if they had a chance to participate in ruling the world. Note: A portion of this book's royalties will be donated to the Feminist Majority.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577317418
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 883 KB

Meet the Author

Sheila Ellison is the author of How Does She Do It? One Mother to Another, The Courage to Be a Single to Love Again, 365Ways to Raise Great Kids, 365 Days Games Babies Play, 365 GamesToddlers Play, 365 Afterschool 365 Foods Kids Love to Eat. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Connect, a parenting expert on radio shows across the nation, of four and stepmother of two. She has appeared work has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, Self, the New the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Oakland Tribune. Visit her online at CompleteMom.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Introduction 1
Section 1 The Courage to Be Ourselves 7
Introduction: We Would Trust Ourselves 9
Peace Would Begin with Me 11
Self-Respect Classes Would Be Part of Our High School Curriculum 14
A Poem: Portrait of a Woman 17
We Would Celebrate Our Strengths and Not Focus on Our Weaknesses 18
We Wouldn't Give Our Power Away 21
We'd Learn to Disappoint Others 24
Ice Cream Would Be Considered the Sustenance of Life and Not a Guilty Pleasure 26
We Would Love Our Thighs 29
Labels Wouldn't Define the Woman 31
Everyone Would Explore Gender and Sexuality Freely 33
We Would Be Sexual Dynamos 36
The Title "Sexy" Would Take Some Years to Earn 38
Menopause Would Be Celebrated as a Gift 40
A Poem: Waiting 41
We'd Embrace the Feminine Face of Spirituality 44
A Poem: We'd Remember Women 46
Section 2 The Insight to Build Family 49
Introduction: Equality and Compassion Start with Our Families 51
We'd Pick Our Partners Wisely 53
Families Would Be Based on Love and Commitment 56
The Lessons That Children Have to Teach Would Be Valued by All 59
"Time-Out" Would Apply to Grown-Ups, Too 61
We'd Create Family Within Our Communities 63
Women's Work Would Not Be Defined as Housework 65
We Would Set Our Own Expectations for Our Lives 66
We'd Have a Room of Our Own 68
We'd Speak the Truth Even in Difficult Situations 71
Our Relationships with Our Mothers-in-Law Would Be Easier 73
A Poem: Soccer Mom 75
We Would Cherish the Old as Well as the Young 77
Stay-at-Home Fathers Would Be Commonplace 79
We Would Be Role Models for Our Daughters 81
A Poem: Motherhood 83
We Wouldn't Question Our Parenting Choices All the Time 84
Equal Parenting Would Be the Norm Instead of the Exception 87
We Would Teach Our Children the Importance of Volunteering 90
Section 3 Connecting in Our Communities 93
Introduction: The Power of Women with Purpose 95
We'd Take Time to "Clean House" in Our Selves, Our Homes, and Our Communities 97
We'd Support Tolerance and Acceptance of All People 100
We'd Communicate in a Relational Way 102
We'd Dialogue More and Argue Less 104
The Animosity Between Girls Would Disappear 107
Personal Space Would Be Respected 109
The Sexual Double Standard Would Disappear 112
We'd Fund Programs That Support Family 114
We'd Form a Society Based on Partnership 118
We'd Make More Time to Play 121
We'd Extend Care and Compassion to All Members of Our Community 123
Bullying in All Forms Would Be Unacceptable 126
The World Would Be Awash in Pink! 129
Section 4 Having a Voice in the Business World 131
Introduction: We Would Hold the Door Open for Women to Follow 133
Our Voices Would Be Heard 135
We Would Use the Role of Chief Purchasing Officers of Our Households to Influence Politics and Policy 138
Stay-at-Home Parenting Would Be Counted as Paid Work (with Retirement Benefits!) 140
The Work Versus Family Trade-Off Wouldn't Exist 144
Being Happy Would Be a Career Goal 147
The Corporate Model Would Expand 149
We'd Create a Community of Support 151
Female Athletes Would Be Treated the Same as Male Athletes 153
We Would Celebrate Our Ability to Do Anything 156
We'd Have More Women Conductors 158
Businesses Would Focus on Employee Needs 160
We'd Compete to Cooperate, and Everybody Would Go Home in a Pink Cadillac 162
Business Would Be More Fun! 165
We Would Have a Safer World 167
We'd Value the Health of Our Children More Than Big Business 170
Section 5 The Wisdom to Seek National Solutions 175
Introduction: We'd Put a Compassionate Face on America 177
All People Would Vote 180
We'd Support Women in Leadership Positions 183
There Would Be No Unplanned Pregnancies 187
Family Court Orders Would Be Enforced 189
Special Education Would Truly Be Special 192
Video Violence Would Become Flower Power 195
We Would Portray Real Women in Advertisements 199
We'd Shift How Sex is Portrayed 202
We'd Respect Alternative Healing Therapies 205
We Would All Have Health Care 207
We'd Get Two Bucks' Value for Every Dollar Spent 209
We Would Make Heroes of Those Who Demand Peace 212
"American Women": A Poem for the Struggle for Equality 215
Section 6 The Compassion to Embrace the World 217
Introduction: We Would All Have a Say 219
A Poem: Mother's Day Proclamation, 1870 221
No Woman Would Die of an Illegal Abortion 223
Baby Girls Would Always Be Cause to Celebrate 226
Female Genital Mutilation Would Cease to Exist 228
We Would Walk a Mile in Each Other's Shoes 230
We'd Develop a Blueprint for Peace 234
A Poem: Earth Rebirth 239
There Would Be No Laws That Discriminate Against Women and Girls 241
We'd Banish All Fundamentalism 244
Feminism Would Not Be a Dirty Word 247
Feminism Would Have No Illusions 252
A Poem: If Women Ruled the World 257
Acknowledgments 261
About the Editor 263
Contributor Index 265
Join the Discussion 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    With today's politicans, is there any doubt?

    You just have to look at the news headlines on any given day to see that the People of Earth need to take a serious look in the mirror and make some changes. A great start would be more women in decision-making positions with government and business. The book is funny and infuriating, poignant and pointed ... all at the same time. Different women's voices coming together for a common thread. How come we don't see men doing that???

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