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Women and Leadership: History, Theories, and Case Studies

Women and Leadership: History, Theories, and Case Studies


Women and Leadership: History, Concepts, and Case Studies provides valuable research by experts on leadership and women’s history 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.


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.


Part I: Women in an Evolving Society
Women and Men as Leaders by Alice H. EAGLY and Marloes L. VAN ENGEN
The Study of Transformational and Transactional Leadership by Bruce AVOLIO
Women’s Developmental Patterns and Implications for Leadership by Kathleen E. ALLEN
Feminism in World History by Pamela McVAY
Patriarchy in History and Practice by Laurien ALEXANDRE and Carol B. DUNCAN
Gender Stereotypes and Women Leaders by Roya AYMAN and Mark C. FRAME
Childhood Socialization and Leadership Development by Saba AYMAN-NOLLEY

Part II: Women and Social Change
Women’s Emancipation Movements by Cynthia CURRAN
Women’s Suffrage in the United States by Denise R. JOHNSON, PhD
Leadership in the Women’s Movement by Diane M. RODGERS
International Reproductive Rights Movement by Chandrika PAUL
Birth Control Laws and Advocacy in the United States by Denise R. JOHNSON, PhD
Women in the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement by Donna L. HALPER
An Overview of Conservation and Environmental Movements by Polly Welts KAUFMAN
Women in Sustainable Development and Ecofeminism by Heather EATON
Women and Social Change Leadership by Kathy ENGEL
Anthony, Susan B. by Denise R. JOHNSON
Wells-Barnett, Ida B. by Caryn E. NEUMANN
Goldman, Emma by Laurien ALEXANDRE
Sanger, Margaret by Peter C. ENGELMAN
Carson, Rachel by Maril HAZLETT
Friedan, Betty by Caryn E. NEUMANN

Part III: Women in Politics
An Overview of Women’s Political Leadership by Karen O’CONNOR and Eric D. LOEPP
The Gender Gap in US Political Leadership by Laurien ALEXANDRE
Leading from the Fringes: Women’s Paths to Political Power by Karen CHRISTENSEN
Women in International Diplomacy by Douglas MO
Imperialism and Gender by Heather STREETS-SALTER
Wu Zetian by N. Harry ROTHSCHILD
Elizabeth I by Margaret COLLINSON and David COLLINSON
Catherine the Great by Lori A. FELDSTEIN
Cixi, Empress Dowager by L. Shelton WOODS
Roosevelt, Eleanor by Maurine H. BEASLEY
Soong Mei-ling by Hannah PAKULA
Jiang Qing by Natascha GENTZ
Part IV: The Spectrum of Women’s Leadership
The Gender-based Structure of Work by Deborah M. FIGART and Heidi I. HARTMANN
Women in Business Leadership by Candida G. BRUSH and Eliana CROSINA
The Evolution of Women Leaders in the Film Industry by Donna HALPER
Women and Leadership in Literature by Claudia M. HUIZA
The Brighton Declaration and Women’s Leadership in Sports by Anita WHITE
Women in Utopian Religions and Cults by Susan J. PALMER
Women in the Missionary Movement by Hyaeweol CHOI
Chanel, Coco by Caryn E. NEUMANN
Alice Milliat and the Women’s World Games by Allen GUTTMANN
Song Qingling by Lijun HE and Caroline REEVES
Mead, Margaret by Frank A. SALAMONE
Mother Teresa by Carolyn M. YOUSSEF-MORGAN
King, Billie Jean by Christine SHELTON
Winfrey, Oprah by Jacob PARKE

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George Goethals, University of Richmond, Crystal Hoyt, University of Richmond








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  1. Marjolijn Kaiser

    This compilation provides a diverse, timely overview of women and leadership, successfully navigating the topic without descending into essentializing claims. Like other titles in the “Berkshire Essentials” series, base articles are drawn from a SAGE-published Berkshire reference source—in this case, the Encyclopedia of Leadership (CH, Oct’04, 42-0695). However, this book is no mere recycling of encyclopedia entries. Editors Goethals and Hoyt (both, Univ. of Richmond) have updated and significantly improved content to enhance the volume’s scope, adding material through 2016 from a global perspective. Contributing authors are leading scholars in the field, including Alice Eagly and Bruce Avolio. A particularly helpful introduction provides context for the chapters that review differences between women’s and men’s leadership, for example, and examine barriers to women’s leadership and the “leadership labyrinth” (in contrast to the “glass ceiling”). Articles present women as 21st-century leaders and explore changing family dynamics and gender stereotypes, social change issues such as reproductive and GLBTQ rights, and women’s leadership in a wide range of fields. Twenty biographical entries illustrate how the theoretical issues play out in individual lives of contemporary and historical women leaders. The work, suitable for all library collections, serves as an introductory resource to augment classroom instruction as well as support research.
    –M. F. Jones, Brevard College

    Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels; general readers.

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