Are Women Underrepresented as Leaders of Nonprofit Organizations?
Review of Public Personnel Administration, 2000, 20 (2), 35-49.
16 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2000
Despite the predominance of female employees and volunteers in nonprofit organizations, research indicates that there are fewer women serving as chief executive officers and board members when compared to the number of men in those positions This exploratory study revealed that in this sample of respondents there were more female chief executives and fiscal officers heading nonprofits than men. However, consistent with other studies, there were fewer female board members and fewer women serving as board presidents and treasures. This issue is relevant for public administrators as more and more government services are being contracted out to nonprofit organizations. Public administrators must not forget the importance of social representativeness in promoting the legitimacy of public service The article concludes with suggestions for future research on recruiting female board members.
Keywords: nonprofit board of directors, female executives, social representativenss
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