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Cindy Simon Rosenthal

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 18: The Mentor Gap: A Barrier to Women in Legislative Leadership

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The Mentor Gap: A Barrier to Women in Legislative Leadership
The mentor gap: A barrier to women in legislative leadership

On Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country, every political leader has a story illustrating the significance and value of a mentor. For African American women in Washington, D.C., that powerful resource often comes dressed in red and wearing the sorority pin of Delta Sigma Theta (Coller, 2009). Being a Delta opens doors to political and social opportunities, helps new arrivals to D.C. in connecting to influential people, and fosters emotional support when challenges arise. The Deltas claim a virtual ...

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