Why Arent More Women Political Leaders

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Why Arent More Women Political Leaders

  1. 1. Why Aren’t More Women Political Leaders? Presented by Kathleen Schafer Leadership Connection
  2. 2. Why Aren’t More Women in Positions of Political Power? <ul><li>Successful Women Characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help from above </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire to succeed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage subordinates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take career risks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tough, decisive, demanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impressive Image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work through others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible, responsive, versatile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to be around </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Political Power <ul><li>Organizations, culture, state are male dominated </li></ul><ul><li>Both sexes label power as masculine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Masculinity related to position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No relation between sex & masculinity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masculinity related to positions of power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men & women in power positions see themselves as similarly masculine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Position is related to sex-role identity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identity with organizations key to success </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Gender Power <ul><li>Gender is socially constructed </li></ul><ul><li>Masculine assumptions are foundation of western politics </li></ul><ul><li>Females need to exert more balanced approached to political behavior </li></ul>
  5. 5. Leadership Differences <ul><li>Females legislators attitude toward “women’s” issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support women’s policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness of consequences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shaping content and direction are critical </li></ul>
  6. 6. Contact Information <ul><li>Kathleen Schafer </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Connection </li></ul><ul><li>www.leadershipconnection.net </li></ul>

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