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Contribution to Book
The Current Status of Women Leaders Worldwide
Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership (2017)
  • Elizabeth Goryunova
  • Robbyn T. Scribner, Utah Valley University
  • Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University
The challenges and opportunities for women in countries and regions around the world continue to be topics of great interest. In fact, Joshi et al. (2015) recently reported that “gender equality appears to be at the forefront of the global humanitarian agenda” (p. 1459). Although women are now entering the workforce in higher numbers globally and gender diversity in the workforce is increasing (Ali et al., 2011; McKinsey Global Institute, 2015), this progress is “both promising and problematic” (Joshi et al., 2015, p. 1459) because the higher numbers are slow to translate into substantial changes with regard to women in the most significant positions of influence, particularly in politics and business. Yet, progress needs to be tracked and discussed so that targeted and strategic initiatives can be designed and implemented in organizations, industries, sectors, communities, countries, and regions around the world. In addition to mapping global patterns, there must also be an examination of the similarities and differences across cultures, as
 “traditional gender functions and distinct gender roles can also vary substantially from one society to another” (Madsen and Scribner, 2017).
Publication Date
Susan R. Madsen
Edward Elgar Publishing
Citation Information
Goryunova, E., Scribner, R. T, & Madsen, S. R. (2017). The current status of women leaders worldwide. In Madsen, S. R. (Ed.) Handbook of research on gender and leadership. Camberley Surrey, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.