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The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society (Paperback)
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The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 06/03/2014
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For most of history, being female defined the limits of a woman's achievements. But now, women are successful careerists equal to men. In Norway, women legally must constitute a third of all boards; in America, women have gone from 3% of practising lawyers in 1970 to 40% today, and over half of all law students are female. These changes are revolutionary - but not universal: the 'sisterhood' of working women is deeply divided. Making enormous strides in the workplace are young, educated, full-time professionals who have put children on hold. But for a second group of women this is unattainable: instead, they work part-time, earn less, are concentrated in heavily feminised occupations like cleaning and gain income and self-worth from having children young. As these two groups move ever further apart, shared gender no longer automatically creates interests in common with other women. The XX Factor lifts the curtain on the social, cultural and economic schisms.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846684043
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: Main


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An exhilarating piece of analysis that explains once and for all why educated women have done so well and why they have become a class apart. Just when you thought you never wanted to read another word on working woman, here comes Alison Wolf -- Lucy Kellaway
Alison Wolf's skill is to use facts where others have only opinions. The results will infuriate and stimulate almost every reader -- John Kay
Just when you thought you never wanted to read another word on working woman, here comes Alison Wolf sweeping away the sloppy prejudices and dreary whining, presenting us with some bracing facts. The XX Factor is an exhilarating piece of analysis that explains once and for all why educated women have done so well (though will never be 50:50 in the boardroom) and why they have become a class apart to the other four fifths. Cheering and sobering by turns, it puts to shame almost every other book that has been written on this subject -- Lucy Kellaway

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