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Contribution to Book
Women's Leadership Aspirations
Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership
  • Lynne E. Devnew, University of Phoenix
  • Ann Berhout Austin, Utah State University
  • Marlene Janzen Le Ber, Brescia University College
  • Mary Shapiro, Simmons College
Document Type
Contribution to Book
Susan R. Madsen
Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication Date

Although it is quite easy to identify women leaders, men continue to occupy the vast majority of leadership roles in the world. It has been argued that one of the reasons for this differential is women's aspirations for leadership are less than men's. Women's leadership aspirations are defined in this chapter as girls' and women's longing for and intentional seeking after a future that catalyze their visions, goals, or calling for themselves into reality, whether or not they use the term leadership to describe their aspirations.


This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership edited by Susan R. Madsen, published in 2017, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.

Citation Information
Women’s Leadership Aspirations (2016). Devnew, L., Austin, A. M. B., Le Ber, M. J., & Shapiro, M. in Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership, S. Madsen (ed.). Northampton, MA: Elgar Publishers.