It is my pleasure to welcome you to the second annual "women's issue" of Networking Times, dedicated to the overwhelmingly predominant female contingent of the networking profession--some 70 percent of all network marketing professionals. Given this statistic, perhaps you wonder (as I did), why aren't more articles in this magazine written by women, why are the majority of books we review authored by men and why are most networking trainers males? I believe the reason can be found in this wry observation from Margaret Thatcher: "If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman."

Could it be that networking women are too busy working in the trenches, walking their talk by supporting their teams in their day-to-day activities, doing whatever it takes to lead others on the road to success?

In this issue, we made a special effort to get some of these women on the phone for an interview or in front of a computer to send us their feelings and thoughts, struggles and triumphs, insights and dreams.

To symbolize their common visions and hopes, we couldn't find a better icon than Lady Liberty herself, she who for over a century has been greeting Americans and immigrants alike, incarnating the spirit of freedom and opportunity for all.

In 1865, a society of French intellectuals and artists were enjoying conversation one night over dinner in Paris. Frustrated by the oppressive regime of Napoleon III, they reveled in their admiration for America's success in establishing a democratic government and abolishing slavery at the end of the Civil War. They reminisced over the close historic ties and love of liberty the two nations shared, and dubbed the two countries "the two sisters."

One of the guests, the visionary architect and sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, had an idea: "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the people of France gave to the people of the United States a great monument as a lasting memorial to independence, thereby showing that we are just as committed to the idea of human liberty?" The monument became the giant statue of a woman carrying a light; it was titled, "Liberty enlightening the world."

This issue of Networking Times tells stories of more amazing ladies who are building a dream of freedom, sisterhood, international friendship and independence, thereby shining their light into the world. We hope you will enjoy meeting them as much as we did--and we especially hope you will be inspired to recognize and celebrate the ladies on your team who didn't make it into these pages, but whose actions speak louder than words. n

JOSEPHiNE GROSS, Ph.D., is co-founder of Gabriel Media Group, Inc., publishers of Networking Times.