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Women Leaders in Political Movements, Experiences of

An analysis of the experiences of women leaders in political movements assumes that the experiences of these particular women encapsulate a singular generic experience. However, to understand women’s experiences as political leaders, one must consider the cultures within which particular women participate on a political level. Historically, many women were born into leadership roles that forced a political life, many gained their leadership roles via marriage, and still many more felt a calling to political life and a desire to make a change in their society. These myriad paths to leadership in political movements serve to underscore the diversity of women who assume these leadership roles, their paths, their personality, their goals, their drive, and their ultimate experiences. Throughout history, women have held important leadership ...

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