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The American Woman 2001-2002:
Getting to the Top


Eigth Edition
Edited by Cynthia B. Costello and Anne J. Stone
Price: $16.95

“As we begin a new century, we can proudly point to the many prominent women who are exercising their leadership at the helm of America’s public and private institutions. Indeed, these leaders are showing us that women can—and will—crack the glass ceiling and make their way to ‘the top’” —Jean Stapleton

This eighth edition in the Women’s Research and Education Institute’s acclaimed American Woman series documents women’s different roads to success—the decisions they have made, the barriers they face, and the difference they make both at the top and to those women climbing behind them. The chapters in this volume tell of women’s progress in reaching leadership positions in politics, higher education, business, labor unions, and the military. They look at the special difficulties faced by minority women rising to the top. And there’s much more in The American Woman 2001–2002, including a comprehensive range of user-friendly statistics on the status of women.

"The American Woman is a wonderful book for thoughtful people who want to understand the conditions of their mothers and the future of their daughters." — Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, U.S. Army (retired)

See our new project, The American Woman on the Web, for updated statistics. To order a copy, print the order form (PDF) and fax or mail your order to WREI. If you have questions before ordering, please contact our Lory Manning at 703-812-7990, ex. 12.


Some findings:

  • Brides are getting older.
  • More Women are Moonlighting.
  • Sixty-five percent of women with pre-school-age children are in the workforce.
  • Hispanic women continue to have the lowest earnings.
  • Of all the workers, female or male, black women are the most likely to have health insurance through their jobs.
  • At every age, females are more likely than their male contemporaries to be poor.
  • Since the end of the draft in 1973, the percentage of enlisted women has grown almost nine-fold and the percentage of women officers has tripled.
  • Women have outvoted men in every national election since 1980.


Table of Contents

  by Jean Stapleton

At the Top: A Profile of JoAnn Heffernan Heisen [a top corporate officer at Johnson & Johnson]


by Cynthia B. Costello

Women’s Leadership in American Politics
  by Ruth B. Mandel
Women and Leadership in Higher Education
  by Mariam Chamberlain

Women and Leadership in Corporate America

  by Sheila Wellington and Katherine Giscombe 

Women in Union Leadership

  by Lois Gray
Women in the Military: The Struggle to Lead
  by Judith Youngman 

American Woman Today: A Statistical Portrait

  1. Demographics
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Employment
  5. Earnings and Benefits
  6. Economic Security
  7. Women in the Military
  8. Elections and Officials
The Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues: Achievements in the 105th Congress
  by Lesley Primmer
Women in the 106th Congress
Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
Notes on the Contributors
About the Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI)
  About the Editors