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Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership (2017)
  • Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University
Although many scholars do highlight the global progress that has been made in recent decades in terms of the number of women in top positions in government, business, and education (Adler, 2015), Joshi et al. (2015) called this progress “both promising and problematic” (p. 1459). These and other researchers are quick to point out that there are ongoing, persisting challenges with efforts to strengthen women’s impact around the world. For example, unequal opportunities and treatment of women (compared to men) remain concerning in nearly all countries, contexts, and sectors (Madsen et al., 2015; Yeganeh and May, 2011). The McKinsey Global Institute’s (2015) “The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth” stated that “gender inequality is a pressing global issue with huge ramifications not just for the lives and livelihoods of girls and women, but more generally, for human development, labor markets, productivity, GDP growth, and inequality” (p. ii). My point is that, even with some progress, there is still much more work that needs to be done.
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Susan R. Madsen
Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Citation Information
Madsen, S. R. (2017). Introduction. In Madsen, S. R. (Ed.) Handbook of research on gender and leadership. Camberley Surrey, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.