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Lois Duke Whitaker

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

Chapter 7: Overview: History of Women's Public Leadership

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Overview: History of Women's Public Leadership
Overview: History of women's public leadership

This chapter explores women's leadership positions tracing women's role in what most scholars recognize as the three waves of the women's movement in the United States. Since the founding of the United States, women have been leaders throughout U.S. history. This leadership role has evolved from managing a family in the private domain to serving as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and, as such, second in the presidential line of succession. The chapter begins with the role of women in the founding of the United States, moves ...

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