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Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership
Journey Toward Equity

First Edition

January 2021 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Recipient of a 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA)

While women in the United States account for nearly half the workforce, they continue to encounter unique personal, social, and structural dynamics as leaders. Authors Lisa DeFrank Cole and Sherylle J. Tan explore these dynamics and more in Women and Leadership: Journey Towards Equity.  Grounded in leadership theory and research, this text delves into the barriers and challenges women face on their leadership journeys, including stereotypes, bias, inequality, discrimination, and domestic responsibilities.  The text includes several chapters devoted to strategies and tools for overcoming obstacles, creating structural change, and moving towards greater equity. 

Chapter 1: Why Study Women and Leadership
Chapter 2: Historical Context
Chapter 3: Social Context
Chapter 4: Relevant Leadership Approaches and Theories
Chapter 5: Gender Differences in Norms, Styles, and Effectiveness
Chapter 6: Implications of Stereotypes and Bias
Chapter 7: Consequence of and Solutions for Inequality and Discrimination
Chapter 8: Work, Family, and Life Responsibilities
Chapter 9: Global and Cross-Cultural Leadership
Chapter 10: Developing Leader Identity and Leadership Capacities
Chapter 11: Navigating the Labyrinth
Chapter 12: Invisible Systems and Creating Structural Change
Chapter 13: Movement towards Equity

This is one of three adopted texts for the Foundations course specific to an assignment related to progressive education and leadership.

Dr Randy Hetherington
School Of Education, University Of Portland
May 25, 2021
Key features
Key Features:
  • Interdisciplinary approach examines issues related to women and leadership from a variety of perspectives 
  • Leader Profiles highlight a diverse group of female leaders, including Marsha P. Johnson, Serena Williams, Dolores Huerta, Andrea Jung, Judith Heumann, and Greta Thurnburg 
  • Leadership in Practice exercises provide opportunities for readers to hone their leadership skills

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