Countries with female leaders in 2016 include Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and Poland, and the front-running Democratic Party candidate for the US presidential nomination in 2008 and 2016 was a woman. Debates about leadership styles, about whether the world would be a better place if women were in charge, and about whether women should always support women candidates are increasingly loud. This compact volume, edited by George R. Goethals and Crystal L. Hoyt of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, provides valuable research by experts on leadership theory as well as women’s history. It has been designed to help students and citizens who want a more nuanced explanation of what we know about women as leaders – and about how they have led in different fields, in different parts of the world, and in past centuries. It includes twenty-five biographies of women leaders in many domains, not only politics but education, fashion, sports, and social and environmental movements.
Women and Leadership is written by leading scholars and provides comprehensive scholarly assessments and historical, context, and biographical essays. An earlier award-winning work, the Encyclopedia of Leadership, was created by Berkshire and published by SAGE, a globally renowned academic publisher whose reference program we launched in 2004. Women and Leadership is the first in a series of Leadership Essentials from Berkshire.