Women and leadership: the state of play and strategies for change

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Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint, Aug 3, 2007 - Business & Economics - 501 pages
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“This book provides the most comprehensive account to date of women’s persistent underrepresentation in leadership roles, why it matters, and what can be done to change it.”—From the Foreword by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.)

Despite recent progress, women seeking leadership positions face persistent and pervasive barriers. These include gender bias in leadership opportunities, gender inequalities in family responsibilities, inflexibilities in workplace structures, and inadequacies in social polices.

Women and Leadership brings together in one comprehensive volume preeminent scholars from a range of disciplines to address the challenges involving women and leadership. These experts explore when and how women exercise power and what stands in their way. This groundbreaking volume offers readers an informed analysis of the state of women and leadership and offers the most informed and current thinking on

∑††††††† The perils of stereotypes

∑††††††† The importance of leadership style

∑††††††† Gender differences in the decision to seek leadership roles

∑††††††† Lessons from women leaders

∑††††††† “Opt out” patterns and the need for flexible career paths

∑††††††† Global inequalities and initiatives

∑††††††† Strategies that get women to the top†

Women and Leadership is indispensable for understanding recent progress† toward equal opportunity and the challenges that remain.

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The state of play is a reiteration of what we already know: women are still being passed over or withheld from leadership positions in business. This is for well-known and understood reasons. Reasons ... Read full review


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Reflections on Women
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Barbara Kellerman is Research Director of the Center for Public Leadership and Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government. She served as the Center's Executive Director from 2000-2003. Kellerman has held professorships at Fordham, Tufts, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington, and Uppsala Universities. She also served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Fairleigh Dickinson, and as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. At Uppsala (1996-97), she held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies. Kellerman is author and editor of many books. She appears often on media outlets such as CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, and BBC Radio; and she has contributed articles and reviews to, among others, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review.

Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center on Ethics.√‚¬† She is the former Director of the Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession at Stanford University School of Law; the former chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession and the former president of the Association of American Law Schools.√‚¬† She also served as senior counsel to the Minority members of the Judiciary Committee, the United States House of Representatives, on presidential impeachment issues. She is the second most frequently cited scholar on legal ethics and the National Law Journal has profiled her as one of the country's fifty most influential women lawyers.√‚¬† She has received the American Bar Foundation's W. M. Keck Foundation Award for Distinguished Scholarship on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on expanding public service opportunities in law schools. She√‚¬†√‚¬†clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall before√‚¬†she joined the Stanford faculty.√‚¬† She is a former director of Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender and writes primarily in the area of legal ethics and gender discrimination.√‚¬† She is currently a columnist for the National Law Journal and Vice Chair of the Board of the NOW Legal Defense Fund.√‚¬† She has also served as a trustee of Yale University and member of the board of Equal Rights Advocates.√‚¬†She is the author or coauthor of fifteen books and over 100 articles.