Women and Leadership
Oxford Handbook on Women and the Economy, eds. Susan L. Averett, Laura M. Argys and Saul D. Hoffman. New York: Oxford University Press. 2018, Forthcoming
24 Pages Posted: 3 May 2017
Date Written: March 22, 2017
Despite decades of progress relative to men in work and schooling, women remain severely under-represented among top corporate and political leaders. This chapter discusses the current status and recent progress of women in leadership positions, with a focus on the realm of corporate leadership. The effects of different public policy interventions aimed at increasing female representation are assessed, with particular attention paid to gender quotas for corporate boards and to the question of spillover benefits from female leaders to other women. The effects of gender quotas in politics are also discussed and compared with those of gender board quotas.
Keywords: women in leadership, female economic progress, occupational segregation, discrimination, gender spillovers, gender quotas, affirmative action, corporate strategy, corporate governance, political leadership
JEL Classification: J16, J71, J78, K31, G34, G38, M51, P16
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