Women at the top: author talks to leaders who broke glass ceiling


A new book explores the real experiences for women who have become leaders in their sector. The public sector still has too few examples.

The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power

The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power

Leadership literature is excessively geared towards men, ABC presenter Geraldine Doogue declares, so she’s set about inspiring more women to show ambition.

Authoring a new book — The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power — Doogue set out to find good stories of contemporary women who were up for the big fight. She interviewed 14 leaders who have gained legitimacy in politics, academia, law, business, armed forces and religion. She hopes they’ll be useful to young women in need of mentoring.

“Maybe there’d be more women in positions of power, far more, if women could identify more with acclaimed leaders’ stories. I strongly sense that young women need to approve broadly of the senior women around them before they will strive themselves. They need to believe that they’ll like themselves if success comes.”

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