Feminist icon Gloria Feldt pulls no punches in this new book, which urges women to step into positions of power—now. No Excuses argues that the most confounding problem facing women today isn’t that doors aren’t open, but that not enough women are walking through them. From the boardroom to the bedroom, public office to personal relationships, she asserts that nobody is keeping women from parity—except themselves.
Using Hillary Clinton's groundbreaking campaign for President as a launching point, Feldt shows how and why now is the time for women to lead their own way forward. Through interviews, historical perspectives, and anecdotes, No Excuses examines why barriers to equality still exist in American culture, and how "movement-building" principles can enable women to redefine power and embrace it for good. Feldt employs a no-nonsense, tough-love point of view to expose the internal and external roadblocks holding women back, but she doesn't place blame; rather, she provides inspiration, hope, and courage—as well as concrete tools to aid women in securing equality and justice for themselves—articulated with personal warmth and humor.
In an era when women outnumber men in universities, reproductive technologies have changed the power balance in personal relationships, and women are closer than any previous time in history to earning on par with their male counterparts, No Excuses is a timely and invaluable book to help women equalize gender power in politics, work, and love.
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About Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt is the former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood and a sought-after public speaker, lecturing at universities, civic and professional organizations, and national and international conferences on women, feminism, politics, leadership, media, and health. In addition to her keynotes on these topics, she tours with an intergenerational feminist panel, WomenGirlsLadies. She is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, where she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership.”
Feldt's commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other print publications. On the web, she is a commentator for Truthout, the Daily Beast, Salon, Democracy Journal, Women’s eNews, Huffington Post, WIMN’s Voices, Women’s Media Center, the International Leadership Forum’s ilfpost, and BlogHer. She currently serves on the boards of the Women’s Media Center and the Jewish Women’s Archive, and on the Our Bodies, Ourselves advisory board.
Gloria and her husband, Alex Barbanell, have a combined family of six children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They live in New York, NY and in Scottsdale, AZ.
For more information on Gloria Feldt and No Excuses, visit her website, GloriaFeldt.com.