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The XX Factor

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Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

The XX Factor

How Working Women are Creating a New Society

Alison Wolf

The reality of female professional success in today's world - a challenge to long-held assumptions about female achievement and sexual inequality.

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9781847654489 (25 Apr 2013)

About the book

For most of history, being female defined the limits of a woman's achievements. But now, women are successful careerists equal to men. In Norway, women legally must constitute a third of all boards; in America, women have gone from 3% of practising lawyers in 1970 to 40% today, and over half of all law students.

These changes are revolutionary - but not universal: the 'sisterhood' of working women is deeply divided. Making enormous strides in the workplace are young, educated, full-time professionals who have put children on hold. But for a second group of women this is unattainable: instead, they work part-time, earn less, are concentrated in heavily feminised occupations like cleaning and gain income and self-worth from having children young.

As these two groups move ever further apart, shared gender no longer automatically creates interests in common with other women. The XX Factor lifts the curtain on these social, cultural and economic schisms.

About the author

Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King's College London and sits in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer (Baroness Wolf of Dulwich). She writes widely for the national press and for a number of think-tanks; directs a Masters degree in public policy and management; and is chair of governors for King's College London Mathematics School, a specialist state school which opened in 2014.


An exhilarating piece of analysis that explains once and for all why educated women have done so well and why they have become a class apart. Just when you thought you never wanted to read another word on working woman, here comes Alison Wolf

- Lucy Kellaway

Alison Wolf's skill is to use facts where others have only opinions. The results will infuriate and stimulate almost every reader

- John Kay

Powerful, brilliantly argued, provocative and original - an outstanding book from a compelling thinker

- Tim Harford, author of THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST and ADAPT

Wolf has written an exhaustive, intelligent, thoughtful and at times provocative and idiosyncratic analysis of what it is to be an elite woman. By laying out the choices that women are faced with and the consequences of their actions, Wolf is ensuring that we do not have to walk blindfold into the future.

- The Financial Times

A crucial bible for anyone wanting to check up on anything about contemporary woman.

- Observer

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

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