The Last Male Bastion is the first systematic approach to the subject why, proportionaly, so few women occupy seats of power in today's public companies. The book examines (1) a well-defined group (not random); (2) defined by the single most important criteria, success; (3) with success defined in one and only one way, as promotion to CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation. The book examines carefully the careers and experiences of 19 women who actually have "made it," female CEOs who have been (beyond peradventure) successful
Douglas M. Branson received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Northwestern University. He earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia, specializing in corporate law and securities regulation. Before joining the faculty at Pittsburgh, Professor Branson taught at Seattle University. He has been a visiting professor at a number of schools, including the University of Alabama as Charles Tweedy Distinguished Visiting Professor, the University of Hong Kong as Paul Hastings Distinguished Visiting Professor, the University of Washington (Seattle) as Condon-Faulknor Distinguished Professor, Cornell University, Arizona State University, Washington University (St. Louis), and universities in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Belgium, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, and England. He holds a permanent faculty appointment as Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in its Masters of Law Program.