Author(s): Helena Morrissey
Five years have passed since women were exhorted to `Lean In'. Over that time, the world has transformed beyond all expectations. But why should anyone `lean in' to a patriarchal system that is out of date? Why not change it entirely for the good of us all? In A Good Time to be a Girl, Helena Morrissey sets out how we might achieve the next big breakthrough towards a truly inclusive modern society.Drawing on her experience as a City CEO, mother of nine, and founder of the influential 30% Club which campaigns for gender-balanced UK company boards, her manifesto for new ways of working, living, loving and raising families is for everyone, not just women. Making a powerful case for diversity and difference in any workplace, she shows how, together, we can develop smarter thinking and broader definitions of success. Gender balance, in her view, is an essential driver of economic prosperity and part of the solution to the many problems we face today.Her approach is not aimed merely at training a few more women in working practices that have outlived their usefulness. Instead, this book sets out a way to reinvent the game - not at the expense of men but in ways that are right and relevant for a digital age. It is a powerful guide to success for us all.
`Morrissey, an investment management executive in Britain, founder of the 30% Club campaign to get more women on boards, and mother of nine - yes, nine - offers another response to Sheryl Sandberg's 2013 book Lean In. Morrissey's book, which pulls from her own experiences as a working mother and activist on gender parity in the boardroom, has been described as a manifesto for new ways women and companies can work and manage rather than trying to get ahead in "a patriarchal system that is out of date." Morrissey told London's Evening Standard newspaper that "it will be a handbook for young women, those mid-career and also companies, because it matters what you lean in to.' Jena McGregor, Washington Post
Helena Morrissey is one of the best-known women in the City. She started her career in New York with Schroder Capital Management. After returning to London she joined Newton in 1994 as a junior fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. During her fifteen years leading the firm, assets under management grew from GBP20 billion to over GBP50 billion. Helena is now Chair of the Investment Association, the UK's industry trade body whose members manage more than GBP5 trillion and Head of Personal Investing at Legal and General Management, a new role aimed at engaging the nation to save and invest more. In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative to achieve better gender-balanced UK company boards. The 30% Club now leads efforts which span the whole career journey from schoolroom to boardroom and the proportion of female directors on UK listed company boards has more than doubled. The 30% Club approach has been adopted internationally, including in the US, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the Gulf Co-Operation Countries. Helena also chairs Business in the Community's gender equality campaign, part of the Prince of Wales' Responsible Business network.Helena has been named one of Fortune Magazine's World's 50 Greatest Leaders. She has twice been voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. Helena is a regular media commentator on topics as wide-ranging as climate change, executive pay and Brexit. Her well-received guest edit of the `Today' programme in December 2016 developed the theme of `power to the people' and featured contributions from Michael Gove, John Macfarlane and Michael Lewis. Helena is a Fellow of London Business School and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cambridge University in 2016. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours list for her contribution to the role of women in business. In 2017, she was made a dame. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, Helena is married to a Buddhist meditation teacher and they have nine children, six girls and three boys whose ages range from 8 to 26.