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Japan's Far More Female Future by Bill Emmott (former editor-in-chief of The Economist)

Japan's Far More Female Future: Increasing Gender Equality and Reducing Workplace Insecurity Will Make Japan Stronger

Bill Emmott (former editor-in-chief of The Economist)

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Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 9 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780198865551

Through analysis of trends and policy options, combined with interviews with 21 female role models from business to the arts, Bill Emmott takes an optimistic look at how a society with an extreme level of gender inequality, an ageing population, and slow economic growth can achieve greater social justice and sustainable prosperity for the future.

3 stars out of 5
21 Dec 2020

"a useful parsing of the issue ... Yet whether it will actually sway the debate is doubtful"

All this is rich fodder, which makes the second section disappointingly flat. Emmott seems at a bit of a loss among his band of female politicians, entrepreneurs and artists. The long white-varnished nails of one business boss, he imagines, are used as symbols to emphasise her clean recycling business. (Memo: sometimes nail colour is just nail colour.) Another plays the piano for her male colleagues after board meetings. “But this,” reckons Emmott, “may well make them feel subservient to her . . . rather than the other way round.”

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