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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

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Lisa DeFrank-Cole

Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole is Professor and Director of Leadership Studies at West Virginia University (WVU).  Her research agenda is focused on women and leadership as well as followership.  She is an inaugural member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at WVU where she serves on the steering committee.  DeFrank-Cole was recognized as the 2017 Mary Catherine Buswell award recipient at WVU and a 2019 West Virginia Wonder Woman for excellence and women’s advocacy.  She currently holds the Harriet E. Lyon Endowed Professorship in Women’s and Gender Studies. Studying and writing about women and leadership for 20 years, she was... More About Author

Sherylle J. Tan

Sherylle J. Tan, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and Director of Internships and KLI Research at the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College.  Dr. Tan’s research and publications focus on women and leadership, leadership education and development, and work-family issues.  In addition to authoring numerous articles and chapters, Dr. Tan has been co-editor of SAGE Business Cases:Women and Leadership Series and co-edited Women’s Leadership Journeys: Stories, Research, and Novel Perspectives (2019), with Lisa DeFrank-Cole.  Other co-edited books include Leader Interpersonal and Influence Skills: The Soft... More About Author

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