Book Review: Iron Butterflies

Think gender discrimination is a thing of the past; this thoughtful book will have you rethinking that assertion as the roles and value of women throughout the world are thoroughly examined. The women interviewed all shared stories of continued challenges and hardships such as Ada Aharoni who grew up in Egypt with a grandmother who continued the message that a boy is worth sixty girls. While it is tempting to argue that in countries like the United States such notions are laughably outdated, among the industrialized nations only the US refused to ratify the UN Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Of the fifty-eight nations ranked according to gender gaps, the US came in seventeenth, hardly surprising considering women still earn a mere 40% of what a typical man can expect to make throughout their working life.

This sobering yet empowering book scrutinizes the insidious ways discrimination permeates societies, then goes on to demonstrate how women differ from men in leadership roles and how these differences make for more effective supervisors. By combining insightful interviews with hard facts, Regine avoided the pitfall of simple male bashing and has instead written a balanced, well-reasoned look at women’s potential leadership roles.


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