Marianne Williamson: Women and Leadership

Marianne Williamson Women and LeadershipI get particularly disappointed when I – the publisher of the LA Progressive – find that it’s 8:00 in the morning and we’re about to put out our daily newsletter without it containing a single piece written by or about a woman or a minority. This doesn’t happen often but when it does I feel that I have fallen short of the mark.

This morning, feeling like I failed to hit the mark, I thought I’d offer this. Let me start by sharing a few statistics about women — the demographic that represents 51% of our population. The data below was recently published by Catalyst, a 50-year-old organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women:

  • 4% – Percentage of women currently serving as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies
  • 4.1% – Percentage of women holding CEO positions in Fortune 1000 companies
  • 17% – Percentage of women currently serving in the United States House of Representatives
  • 17% – Percentage of women currently serving as United States Senators

According to a report published by Catalyst that examined women’s roles in the top 250 films in the United state in 2011:

  • 96% of films had no women cinematographers
  • 77% of films did not have a single woman writer
  • 76% of films had no women editors
  • 59% of films had no women executive producers

One of the primary reasons we publish the LA Progressive is to bring issues to light that are either ignored or given short shrift by traditional media. We had boots on the ground at the Occupy LA encampment weeks before mainstream media showed up. We publish pieces written from a broad array of perspectives – consciously choosing to provide a platform to those who are underrepresented in mainstream media circles. Women clearly fit the bill. So why is it so hard to attract women writers?

Recently, we met New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson at a talk she was giving. The topic of her talk? Women, non-violence, and women in leadership, particularly political leadership. We learned at that talk that Marianne Williamson is gearing up to present a special event this coming November 10th and 11th . We wanted to know more.

In meeting with Marianne, we learned that the event is entitled, “Sister Giant: Women, Non-Violence and Birthing a New American Politics”. The goal is to bring people together who are concerned about the over-influence of moneyed interests in our political system and the underrepresentation of women in political leadership — people who want a transformational view of the world.  We’ll learn more about this over the coming weeks and months. As we do, we will share what we know with you.

This morning, Ms. Williamson will be a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Here is a link to the Oprah’s site and below is a video preview of the interview. Enjoy.

Preview: Oprah and Marianne Williamson’s Reflections 20 Years After A Return to Love

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Sharon Kyle

Twenty years ago, Marianne Williamson’s Oprah Show appearance launched a phenomenon. Now, Oprah is sitting down with Marianne, the author of A Return to Love, for a new, can’t-miss interview. Watch a preview of their conversation about life’s big questions.

Sharon Kyle, Publisher

Posted: Sunday, 29 July 2012


  1. Bishop Hamilton says

    For hundreds of years we as humans have fought the very source of our existent.
    We find that throughout history there has always been a power struggle of who’s better or who’s right.. On one hand we say that God is all wise,knowing all things and rules all things..If this is true and we know that it is !  Then why in 2012 are we still having these issues ?God made a clear decision to place man as the head !  But he realized that man needed a companion ( not for sex )  but someone to help him reach goals that were yet to come..Now God could have easily chose for woman to be created first but being all wise as we say he is !     He chose not too.

    But we have spent century’s trying to prove God wrong or too discredit his decision, by first denying he exists . 

    We said the Bible is true until we want status, equity rights or more money…

    This fight has gone from the home to the job and now to the church..

    If you chose to live on this earth and spend most of your life while dragging other people down with you trying to change what was laid out hundreds of years before you were ever thought of no one can stop you…

    Because all of these issues were covered in one book long before any of us were born and at the end of the day you will have wasted good air and space trying to prove that God didn’t know what he was doing.

    Wisdom is given to those who ask for it and is open to understanding and accepting the truth. 
    Therefore if you aren’t willing to understand and accept the truth it doesn’t matter how many degrees you may have or how many books you’ve read.. 

    End the End ( as we all know )  
    Every book has an ending whether we like the ending or not !

    Stop fighting and spending good money for a title or position that you have to step on someone else to achieve !  

    You can not reach the top in anything without stepping on some one that you will see again whether it will be a family member or a friend .

    Once you reach the top there’s no place left to go but down !

    Even a bird has to come down for water…..

  2. Clarabu77 says

    Sharon, I think we are on the cusp of something kind of big, I believe and I sincerely hope that I am right, that the Catholic nuns of this country are about to do something about their status in the church…They are on the front lines of the class wars in many large cities! God bless ’em. If they meekly accept a scolding and fall back in line, you will be able to knock me over with a feather…practically holding my breath…
    Thank you, many thanks for this article!

  3. says

    Thank you Sharon for reminding us of the lack of representation of Women in Congress and the Senate. In the 2012 Congress, women are represented by 49 Democrats and 29 Republicans. In the Senate, we are represented by only 12 Democrats and 5 Republican women. 

  4. Ryder says

    The right has no problem finding and supporting candidates who happen to be women.

    The Tea Party, in particular, got behind a list of candidates that were predominantly women or minorities.

    Their advantage is that they don’t try to get people to run for office *because* of their gender or the color of their skin. (that’s not supposed to matter, right?)

    Efforts that try to recruit on the basis of sex or race are automatically going to require compromise in terms of political ability.

    “We wouldn’t normally go with you, but because your gender is what we are looking for, we’ll make an exception.”

    That doesn’t seem like a proper way to determine how to select a leader.

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