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Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alyse Nelson

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Introduction

In October 2008, when the global economic meltdown was on the front page of every newspaper, a story caught my attention; it was, quite possibly, the first solution-oriented story I'd seen about the crisis. After declaring bankruptcy, the government of Iceland tapped two women to rebuild the financial system. A government official noted that after the banking empire collapsed, “women are taking over…to clean it up.”1 Audur Capital, which is managed solely by women, was the only private equity fund untouched by the crisis2; and in the midst of economic chaos, Icelanders elected Johanna Sigurdardottir—a woman—as prime minister.

As I read on, I thought the solution to the situation in Iceland made perfect sense. Through my work with ...

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