American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country by Kay Bailey Hutchison

By Kay Bailey Hutchison

So long as there was an the United States, the indomitable spirit of yankee ladies has formed either the country's historical past and society. whatever the time and position those girls have been born every one excelled in her respective box, making it more uncomplicated for the subsequent new release. this can be what makes them heroines.

In American Heroines, Kay Bailey Hutchison provides girl pioneers in fields as assorted as executive, company, schooling and healthcare, who overcame the resistance and prejudice in their instances and complete issues that no woman–and occasionally no guy –– had performed earlier than. Hutchison, a pioneer in her personal correct, turned the 1st girl elected to the U.S. Senate from the country of Texas.

Interspersed with the tales of America's old girl leaders are tales of today's ladies whose successes are in actual fact associated with these predecessors. could Sally journey were given the opportunity to orbit the earth had Amelia Earhart no longer flown solo around the Atlantic Ocean fifty years sooner than? Had Clara Barton now not nursed wounded infantrymen on Civil battle battlefields, reduction won't have reached the hundreds of thousands it did whereas the purple go was once within the arms of ladies like Elizabeth Dole and Bernadine Healy. Had Oveta Culp pastime now not been appointed the 1st Secretary of the dep. of health and wellbeing and schooling via President Eisenhower, the rustic could have been disadvantaged of such leaders as Secretary of kingdom Madeline Albright and nationwide safeguard consultant Condoleeza Rice.

As a tender lady, Senator Hutchison dreamed of an the USA the place the qualifier "the first woman" had develop into out of date. The profiles contained in American Heroines, illustrate how her dream is coming real, one brave step at a time.

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The shifting gender balance in education is also changing the attitudes and expectations of women graduates, who have greater aspirations for leadership positions. Career development policies are thus becoming more “gender-neutral” and more likely to foster equal opportunities for men and women by providing more objective bases for decisions on compensation and promotion. However, the principle of gender-neutrality in early-stage career management is not sufficient to eliminate the influence of “male” organizational norms, which lead to the scarcity of women in the upper echelons of organizations (Laufer and Fouquet, 2001).

Very few women were directors of research (2 percent) or information technology (2 percent) and almost none headed strategy or international affairs (Laufer and Fouquet, 2001). 3 percent in consumer goods and 9 percent in real estate (Conseil Economique et Social, 2007). Also, a recent study has shown that the 136 female top executives of Eurolist firms were distributed as follows: 27 percent in general management; 20 percent in communications and marketing, 13 percent in human resources, 10 percent in finance, 8 percent in legal affairs, 5 percent in information systems and 5 percent in sales (Conseil Economique et Social, 2007).

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