In this challenging book, historian Constance H. Buchanan shows that while public debate often blames women for the nation's "crisis of values," women's leadership actually has the potential to solve this crisis by redefining the American pattern of adult life and work.
A carefully researched and richly textured wake-up call to a society that perversely undervalues the leadership role of women. --Bill Kovach, curator, Nieman Foundation, Harvard University "Everyone talks today about the crisis in American values. But Constance Buchanan explains how we got this way and how we can do better. Further, she shows how utterly integral the role of women will be in restoring the value dimension to public life in America. Buchanan combines a sure grasp of history with an ability to write engagingly." --Harvey Cox, author of Fire from Heaven
"Choosing to Lead lets Americans take strength from a long tradition of civic leadership by women. Writing with grace and conviction, Constance Buchanan shows that if only they can break free of culturally defined marginality, women leaders can forge a new democratic vision of work, family, and community in America. This marvelous book will inspire a wide readership." --Theda Skocpol, author of Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States
"While outlining the crises our children and families face today, Buchanan encourages women to examine their own values, expectations, and moral compasses in order to lead our country and our world to a new vision." --Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund
"Extraordinary. . . . Choosing to Lead raises important questions not only for women, but for our entire society." --The Women's Capital Forum