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Georgia Duerst-Lahti

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

Chapter 3: The Consequences of Gender for Women's Political Leadership

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The Consequences of Gender for Women's Political Leadership
The consequences of gender for women's political leadership

To reconstitute political institutions is one thing; to reconstitute a society and its culture quite another. The first seems unattainable and the second seems inconceivable. Thus, that which lies within ourselves also cuts against our grain—ensuring, I suspect, that the leadership question will remain both centrally important and only rarely answered.

—Bert Rockman, The Leadership Question, 1984

Gender is not synonymous with women, nor is it simply the social construction of biological sex (Butler, 1990). As a result, to ...

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