Women, Power and PoliticsSeptember 23rd 2008
Are women changing the face of power around the world? Is a new generation of women on the rise? Will they lead differently than men? And will women leaders be a force that changes the world? These are the questions asked by a new one-hour special of the PBS show 'Now' entitled: "Women, Power and Politics: A Rising Tide?"
Maria Hinojosa talks to women leaders around the world for an intimate look at the high-stakes risks, triumphs, and setbacks for women leaders of today and tomorrow. Among these women are President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the first woman leader in Latin America who did not have a husband precede her as President, and former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen, now in a tight race for a seat in the U.S. Senate. The show also travels to Rwanda, where women make up nearly half of parliament.
Advice to Generation Next
PBS asked some of today's women leaders to draw on their experience to advise a young generation of women how to gain and keep power. Mary Robinson offers the following advice to aspiring women leaders:
"In my experience, the key to successful leadership is being confident to engage as a woman with all the skills and insights that implies. Trust yourself and your inner voice. Women shouldn't try to exercise power in the same way as a man, but try to be more innovative!
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