Summary of The XX Factor

How Working Women Are Creating a New Society

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The XX Factor book summary
How are 70 million working women changing global society?


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Though society is still working to achieve gender equality, women make up a significant portion of the workforce and hold elite positions in organizations worldwide. Alison Wolf presents studies and statistics on how women’s decisions to work or not to work affect everyone. Wolf’s comprehensive book includes snapshots of society in North America, Europe and Asia. She also describes coffee shop discussions among her female friends and colleagues about their working lives. Her research uncovers the interesting and surprising consequences of the growing female workforce. Although Wolf shoehorns in some ideas, she proves to be an engaging writer. getAbstract especially recommends her treatise to young professional women and to all women deciding whether to work, raise a family or try to do both.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How working women affect society
  • How working can change a woman’s relationships
  • How a woman’s decision to work or not to work affects her daily choices


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Today, women worldwide find that being female is among their least-defining characteristics. Women who have access to education have more choices than ever before. In the past, a woman aspired to marry a rich man. If she did not marry, she was largely...
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About the Author

Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at Kings College London and director of its international center for university policy research.

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