How women around the world are leading powerful change
Women's progress is global progress. Where there is an increase in women's university enrollment rates, women's earnings, and maternal health, and a reduction in violence against women, we see more prosperous communities, better educated, healthier families, and the preservation of equal human rights. Yet globally, women remain the most consistently under-utilized resource. Vital Voices calls for and makes possible transformative leadership around the world.
In Vital Voices, CEO Alyse Nelson shares the stories of remarkable, world-changing women, as well as the story of how Vital Voices was founded, crossing lines that typically divide. For 15 years, Vital Voices has brought together women who want to enable others to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice, and supporters of democracy. They equip women with management and business development skills to expand their enterprises and create jobs in their communities. Their voices, stories, and hard-earned lessons—shared here for the first time—are deeply authentic and truly vital.
Features interviews and first-person accounts of global leaders, such as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, and Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize-winning Burmese pro-democracy leader, as well as business leaders Draws on the work of the Vital Voices, the organization founded by Hillary Clinton in 1997 as a government initiative that transformed into a leading non-profit, which enables a network of 10,000 emerging women leaders in politics, human rights, and economic development in 127 countries. These women have gone on to mentor and train more than 500,000 Focuses on the key elements of the Vital Voices five-step model of transformational leadership, including how to find a voice, lead with purpose, cross lines that divide, and more
Through the firsthand accounts of trail-blazing leaders, Vital Voices introduces unforgettable, inspiring women who are shaping our world.
Nelson, president and CEO of the nongovernmental organization Vital Voices, is an impassioned advocate of women and their leadership potential. Women, she proudly notes, are "stepping up as leaders in times of crisis, financial, humanitarian or otherwise," doing 60% of the world's work, and constituting a majority of the workforce in the U.S. However, the majority of the world's women cannot legally own, control, or inherit property, land, or wealth. Clearly there's work yet to be done. To that end, Nelson profiles leaders who are working to improve the lives of women across the world, in such disparate countries as Russia, Nigeria, Somalia, Israel, , Morocco, and Brazil. Though many of these activists will be unknown to readers, celebrity supporters such as Vital Voices founder Hillary Rodham Clinton and Diane von Furstenberg, and stories of women working to combat sex trafficking, domestic violence, and poverty are sobering and inspiring. However, the lack of any further unifying element leaves the book feeling more like a brochure, and suggests that it will not find much of an audience outside of fund-raising events.