Crossing the Thinnest Line: How Embracing Diversity--from the Office to the Oscars--Makes America Stronger

Crossing the Thinnest Line: How Embracing Diversity--from the Office to the Oscars--Makes America Stronger

by Lauren Leader-Chivee, Karl Weber (With)

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Crossing the Thinnest Line: How Embracing Diversity--from the Office to the Oscars--Makes America Stronger by Lauren Leader-Chivee

FROM THE VERY FOUNDING OF OUR NATION, diversity has been one of our greatest strengths but also the greatest source of conflict. In less than a generation, America will become "minority-majority," and the world economy, already interconnected, will be even more globalized. The stakes for how we handle this evolution couldn't be higher. Will diversity be a source of growth, prosperity, and progress-or perpetual division and strife?

America has the potential to realize huge gains economically and socially by more fully capitalizing on diversity, but significant challenges remain and it's a problem that all Americans should be focused on solving. Despite tremendous progress, women and minorities still face barriers to accessing the full promise of the American dream. It doesn't have to be this way. Many of the solutions are right in front of us, and many exceptional, committed Americans are doing their part to make a difference.

In the twenty-first century, nations will prosper only insofar as they embrace and celebrate the individuals, organizations, and collective efforts to advance every kind of diversity. Lauren Leader-Chivée believes America must lead the way. In CROSSING THE THINNEST LINE, she explores the state of our diverse union and shares important stories of progress and potential, highlighting those who are crossing dividing lines of race, gender, culture, and political party to build a more united and prosperous nation. Her revelations will transform the discussion and set the agenda for America's progress on these critical issues. A work of originality and ambition, CROSSING THE THINNEST LINE changes our understanding of diversity and offers lessons to change our lives and our country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455539055
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,121,288
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

LAUREN LEADER-CHIVÉE is an author, activist, and an expert and advisor on diversity and women's issues. She was recently named one of Fortune's 50 Most Influential Women on Twitter. She is founder and CEO of All In Together, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to engaging American women in politics and civic action.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 From Passion to Purpose 1

2 The Diversity Dividend 18

3 Love Across the Lines 37

4 Past as Prologue 64

5 Demographic Destiny 80

6 Bias Blindness 104

7 Outspread Wings 123

8 Of the People, by the People, for the People 141

9 Unequal Justice 161

10 The Customer Is King and Queen 183

11 Running to Stand Still 201

12 The Myth of Meritocracy 227

13 The Media Mirror 247

14 Transcendence 273

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 289

Index 311

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