by Riane Eisler

Harper & Row Publishers Inc., 1987


"Eisler traces how men and women relate from historical, anthropological, and archaeological perspectives. She describes how early societies were based on partnerships -- what we'd now call the more 'female' style -- and that sometime around 1200 B.C. we shifted toward a more dominant, hierarchical structure. She concludes that we're moving back toward a partnership model, which we ought to expedite.

"What's popular in business now is the partnership model, rather than the dominator model. In my own management style, when a decision needs to be made, I can be direct and decisive, but I like to let people decide how and when they do their work and how they're compensated. As my company grows, and I'm putting more structures in place, I've been struggling with how to keep what's been positive about being less structured.

"As women, we don't give ourselves enough credit. We don't ask enough about how much money we make, how much power we have, how much impact we can have. Many of us have an obligation to step forward as role models and shake up the system."

-- Susan Marks, president, ProStaff Personnel Services, Milwaukee