The XX Factor How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World By Alison Wolf, Foreword by Chrystia Freeland
The gender gap is closing. Today, for the first time in history, tens of millions of women are spending more time at the boardroom table than the kitchen table. These professional women are highly ambitious and highly educated, enjoying the same lifestyle prerogatives as their male counterparts. They are working longer and marrying later—if they marry at all. They are heading Fortune 500 companies and appearing on the covers of Forbes and Businessweek. They represent a special type of working woman—the kind who doesn’t just punch a clock for a paycheck, but derives self-worth and pleasure from wielding professional power.

At the same time that the gender gap is narrowing, the gulf is widening among women themselves. While blockbuster books such as Lean In focus only on women in high pressure jobs, in reality, for every Sheryl Sandberg there are four women in traditionally female roles. In this revealing and deeply intelligent book, Alison Wolf examines why more educated women work longer hours, why having children early is a good idea, and how feminism created a less equal world. Her ideas are sure to provoke and surprise, as she challenges much of what the liberal and conservative media consider to be women’s best interests.
TitleThe XX Factor
SubtitleHow the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World
AuthorBy Alison Wolf, Foreword by Chrystia Freeland
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published11 April 2017
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Alison Wolf is a non-affiliated (cross bench) peer in the United Kingdom House of Lords, and Sir Roy Griffiths professor of public sector management at King’s College London. She writes widely for the press on education and social policy, presents for BBC radio, and has undertaken policy reviews for the British government.

Chrystia Freeland MP is Canada’s Minister of International Trade and a member of Cabinet. Before entering politics, she was a bestselling and prize-winning journalist and author (Plutocrats, Sale of the Century), deputy editor of the Financial Times, and a senior executive with Thomson Reuters.

"Women have made great strides in the workplace, but in The XX Factor Alison Wolf urges us to look not just at the progress we've made but at the distribution of those gains and the many women being left behind. The XX Factor shows us how far we've come, but also, more importantly, how far we've yet to go."—Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post

The XX Factor reads like a Guns, Germs, and Steel of women’s roles...In short, with The XX Factor Wolf accomplishes a rare feat: She combines real breadth with real depth. No matter how much you think you know about this hotly debated subject, and whether or not you agree with every one of Wolf’s ideas, you will come away from her book with new information—some merely amusing, but some foundation-shaking.” – New York Times Book Review

“Meticulously researched, global in reach and grounded in data, The XX Factor elevates and informs a jaded and adversarial debate that often turns on sound bites and anecdote.”– Wall Street Journal

"Remarkably wide-ranging...[Wolf] provides us with a trove of data, as well as sharp observations."– New York Review of Books

“Provocative and vital… Accessibly written and enlivened with anecdotes and interviews, Wolf’s research is thoroughly documented and features uncommonly informative footnotes and helpful graphs. Her assessment of how things have changed since the time when ‘marriage was women’s main objective and main career’ and the ways in which ‘the modern workplace detaches our female elites from both history and the rest of female-kind’ will yield productive controversy.” – Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Teems with interesting statistics and useful knowledge... Solid research and intriguing patterns make for a" – Kirkus Reviews

"This multidimensional and well-researched book shows the enormous advances in the integration of women into the workforce, the benefits that have been received but also the challenges that remain before women will have true equality in the labor market. Compelling, surprising and sometimes frustrating, Wolf's an agile, able and learned guide to this important subject." –Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel laureate in economics

"Wolf has written an exhaustive, intelligent, thoughtful and at times provocative and idiosyncratic analysis of what it is to be an elite woman. By laying out the choices that women are faced with and the consequences of their actions, Wolf is ensuring that we do not have to walk blindfold into the future." – Financial Times

"Powerful, brilliantly argued, provocative and original—an outstanding book from a compelling thinker." —Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and Adapt
ISBNs: 9781510718388 978-1-5107-1838-8 Title: the xx factor category:SOC 
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