What is the Relationship Today Between Feminism and Women’s Leadership?

For the July Women’s Leadership Roundtable, there will be a discussion based on Debora L. Spar’s book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, described as a refreshing and engaging reevaluation of the challenges facing women and feminism in contemporary America, led by guest facilitator, Dr. Barbara Flood, PhD. Dr. Flood suggests reading the book prior to the discussion, but please join us even if you aren’t able to; it’s sure to be great discussion on this highly relevant topic.

Excerpted from the book cover flyleaf:
Debora L. Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960’s, she presumed the gender war was over. As one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and a mother of three, she swore to young women that they could have it all. “We thought we could just glide into the new era of equality, with babies, board seats, and husbands in tow,” she writes, “we were wrong.”

Now she is president of Barnard College, arguably the most important all-women’s college in the United States. And in Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection – a fresh, wise, original book – she asks why, a half century after the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, do women still feel stuck.

In the groundbreaking and compulsively readable book, Spar explores how American women’s lives have – and have not- changed over the past fifty years. Armed with reams of new research, she details how women struggled for power and instead got stuck in an endless quest for perfection. The challenges confronting women are more complex than ever, and they are challenges that come inherently and inevitably from being female. Spar is aware that it is time to change course.

Barbara Flood is a 3rd stage executive coach and psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience working with women in their quest for gender equality, power and recognition in a world where the power is primarily held by men.

Please join us on July 18th for an engaging discussion on why women still feel stuck and how we can change course.


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