In the book, Susan says that throughout history, women have struggled to change the workplace, change government, change society. So what’s next? It’s time for women to change the world! Whether on the job, in politics, or in their community, there has never been a better time for women to make a difference in the world.
Susan shows readers how to change the world through a series of inspiring case studies that chronicle how she and other pioneering women in a range of fields have done so in years past. Never before has the world so greatly needed the unique abilities of women to lead the way. But as history has shown, to make change, women must step into their power and become “women who count.”
Susan was the first female to work at Arthur Anderson & Co. and became the first female partner of the company’s consulting organization, Anderson Consulting (now known as Accenture), which is the world’s leading management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing organization. Susan has founded the The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders.
Being the powerful woman that she is, Susan decided to share her story in her book “Women Count” to inspire women around the world to become successful leaders much like herself. Susan feels it’s time for women to break that glass-ceiling and become women who count.
Here’s what Susan has to say: “For All Women: Equality in Sight by 2020”
“Many believe that we, women, are equal, but the statistics speak for themselves.
The good news is:
- We make, or influence, 85% of the household purchasing decisions
- We are nearly 50% of the labor force
- We are over 50% of the college graduates and high paying management positions
- The United States is moving from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy, which should provide more jobs for women
- When women are on senior leadership teams, the decisions are better, and they deliver more value to the bottom line of their companies
- Men still hold 83% of the senior leadership positions
- Women are paid less than men (even in the same positions)
- Men think of women as short-timers
- Women must balance major household duties, raising children, and a career
As March was Women’s History Month, the accomplishments that women have been able to achieve over the past years certainly are a reason for celebration.
There were days when women were not expected to read, or go to school, and before August 26, 1920, we couldn’t even vote!
Thank you, pioneers, for paving the way for women.
Now, it’s our turn to make the world a better place for our daughters and granddaughters.
What does that mean? Start with:
- A women president of the United States, and not just one, but many
- Fair representation in the Congress – 50% women in the House of Representatives and Senate – and the state and local government positions
- At least 30% women on boards of directors, senior leadership boards, and other high-level positions in our organizations
- Young women graduating with the science, technology, and math skills necessary to help them secure the career positions of the future
- Fathers and mothers proactively mentoring their daughters as fathers have done for their sons in the past
- Equal salary for equal positions
By 2020, women will be everywhere.
This is a new world filled with opportunities for us to shape and change the world even more for the women who follow us.
The big questions is: do women really want to “dream big” and make these changes happen? It will take all of us to work together with men to change the world.
More women in leadership roles means new ways of approaching old problems, whether it’s how we deal with climate change, international relations, responsibilities of business, government, etc.
By dreaming big, beginning with the end in mind, creating terms, mentoring others, making and following plans, and navigating our way, we can do it!
We will be women who count. We will change the world.
Are you on board to make change happen?”
Susan founded her institute for women leaders as a ‘power center’ for resources related to women and leadership, serving as a clearinghouse for research, coaching and mentoring to develop leadership potential and helping women make bold changes to improve their lives.
You can find out more about Susan and her work with women leaders at The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders.