Leadership and Lawyering Lessons from the 2008 Elections

13 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2009 Last revised: 27 Mar 2012

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Andrea Kupfer Schneider

Marquette University - Law School

Catherine H. Tinsley

Georgetown University - Department of Management

Sandra I. Cheldelin

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Emily T. Amanatullah

Georgetown University Women's Leadership Institute

Date Written: November 6, 2009

Abstract

This article discusses the phenomenon of female leadership and the dual roles associated with female leaders in the United States by examining statistics concerning women in leadership roles and coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. It goes on to explore situations when women leaders may actually avoid experiencing backlash for exhibiting assertive or typically “masculine’ characteristics such as when resources are high and perceived threats are low, when the women are deemed to hold positions of high status, when women fulfill expectations associated with their position, and when women are assertive on behalf of others. Finally, the article suggests steps educational institutions can adopt to promote women in leadership positions.

Keywords: women, leaders, election, leadership, female, gender, negotiation

JEL Classification: H1, H5, H8, K00, K4, K49

Suggested Citation

Schneider, Andrea Kupfer and Tinsley, Catherine H. and Cheldelin, Sandra I. and Amanatullah, Emily T., Leadership and Lawyering Lessons from the 2008 Elections (November 6, 2009). Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 30, p. 581, 2009; Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1501072

Andrea Kupfer Schneider (Contact Author)

Marquette University - Law School ( email )

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Catherine H. Tinsley

Georgetown University - Department of Management ( email )

Rafik B Hariri Building
McDonough School of Business
Washington, DC 20057
United States
202-687-2524 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/tinsleyc/

Sandra I. Cheldelin

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution ( email )

3401 Fairfax Drive MS4D3
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
703.993.3652 (Phone)

Emily T. Amanatullah

Georgetown University Women's Leadership Institute ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

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