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Women’s Life Stories

Hidden Power

  • by Kati Marton, 2002

An interesting work of history and original reporting that reveals the ways in which presidential marriages have affected the tone, character, and policies of twelve administrations, from Woodrow and Edith Wilson to George W. and Laura Bush.

Nine and Counting

  • written with Catherine Whitney, 2001

In 2001 there were nine women in the United States Senate. Their backgrounds, personal styles, and political ideals may be as diverse as the nation they serve. Yet they share a commonality that runs deeper than politics or geography – they desire to give a voice to all their constituents while serving as role models for women young and old.

Lighting the Way, Nine Women Who Changed Modern America

  • by Karenna Gore Schiff, 2005

An interesting narrative which tells the fascinating stories of nine influential women, who each in her own way, tackled inequity and advocated change throughout the turbulent twentieth century. Karenna Gore Schiff is the daughter of Vice-president Al Gore.

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
  • by Carmen Aguirre  (available April 2012)

A compelling story about a girl (Carmen Aguirre) who grows up as the daughter of South American revolutionaries. Her life on the run, inability to feel safe and relationship with her mother are captured in this novel.

Women in Business / Leadership

Hardball for Women

  • Pat Heim, 2000

This analysis shows women how to break patterns of behavior that have put them at a disadvantage in the business world of men. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a corporation, or any other work environment, this book decodes the male business culture and gives readers strategies on how to use its rules to get ahead-and stay ahead.

Women and the Leadership Q

  • by Shoya Zichy, 2001

A hands-on, compelling method for discovering basic leadership personality styles, observing them in action-and building from them to identify and make the best use of your own leadership skills. This includes interviews with leading women from all walks of life-government, business, entertainment-who share your innate leadership personality. You will then uncover and understand your own leadership dynamic-and use that dynamic as the key to your success.

Why the Best Man for the Job is a Woman, The Unique Female Qualities of Leadership

  • by Esther Wachs Book, 2001

Using examples of successful women, this book gives seven key and uniquely female, qualities of leadership that are turning the world around – and allowing more women to achieve success.

Enlightened Power; How Women are transforming the practice of leadership

  • edited by Linda Coughlin, Ellen Wingard and Keith Hollihan

How are women transforming the practice of leadership in the 21st century? This book answers this question – and forever changes the traditional notions involving women in leadership. The book features the accumulated wisdom of 40 influential men and women who represent the most compelling voices in the field.

See Jane Lead; 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work

  • by Lois P. Frankel

This book shows women how they can overcome sabotaging childhood behaviors that hold them back, while offering practical advice and real-life examples of strong female leaders who have succeeded – in male dominated fields – beyond their wildest dreams.

Stop Whining & Start Winning

  • Molly Dickinson Shepard

This book identifies eight areas that are holding women back and explain exactly what women should be doing to succeed-from aggressively networking and self-promoting, to relearning communications skills and availing themselves of mentors. While some of the guidance comes in the form of storytelling, much of it involves checklists, word-by-word dialogues and rigorous self-assessment questions and exams.

Breaking into the Boys Club

  • by Molly D. Sheppard, Peter J. Dean & Jane K. Stimmler

This is a guide to networking, strategic horn tooting, understanding company politics, self-presentation and achieving a healthy work/life balance. Charts, planning guides and self-report cards will help women target why they’re not getting ahead even if they’re doing better work than their male colleagues.

Leading Yourself to Balance

You Dont Have to Go Home from Work Exhausted

  • by Ann McGee Cooper

A wonderful survival guide for working, including a program for energizing work habits, thinking patterns, and play time for a balanced, joyful life. Filled with entertaining case histories and practical, easy-to-use techniques, this volume offers dozens of suggestions for avoiding energy traps and burnout and recharging batteries throughout the day. Fun to read.

Learning to Lead Yourself

Youre Never Upset for the Reasons You Think

  • by Layne & Paul Cutright

This wise and wonderful book gives you wonderful insight into some negative habits and how to take personal responsibility for your own moods and behaviors. A good guide for alleviating emotional turmoil.


Media that portray strong women and/or women role models.


  • A League of their Own
  • All I Wanna Do
  • Antonia’s Line
  • Courage Under Fire
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Dangerous Liasons
  • Elizabeth The Golden Age
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Fargo
  • Flashdance
  • Four Women and a Room
  • Freeway
  • G. I. Jane
  • Girls Town
  • Gorillas in the Midst
  • Grbavica (from Bosnia & Herzogovina)
  • Hairspray
  • Juno
  • Just Another Girl on the IRT
  • Ladies of Liberia
  • Legally Blonde
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Norma Rae
  • Prerna
  • Real Women Have Curves
  • Ruby in Paradise
  • Run Lola Run
  • Silkwood
  • Snow (from Bosnia & Herzogovina)
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • The Contender
  • The Client
  • The Hours
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Whale Rider
  • Working Girl
  • 9 to 5
  • 14 Women


  • Alias
  • Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
  • Damages
  • The Closer
  • The X-Files
  • What Not to Wear


MensWork  MensWork focuses on projects, programs and activities to educate, engage and organize men to be a part of the solution to sexual and domestic violence. We focus on using leadership development and community organizing strategies as the main methods to mobilize men and boys.

UNiTE to End Violence Against Women  UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women. Through UNiTE, the UN is joining forces with individuals, civil society and governments to put an end to violence against women in all its forms.

Amnesty International Amnesty International’s “Stop Violence Against Women” campaign has led to work that covers a range of women’s rights issues, moving beyond a focus on violence to an approach centred on promoting the activism of women and girls demanding their rights.

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