This work within The SAGE Reference Series on Leadership provides undergraduate students with an authoritative reference resource on leadership issues specific to women and gender. Although covering historical and contemporary barriers to women’s leadership and issues of gender bias and discrimination, this two-volume set focuses as well on positive aspects and opportunities for leadership in various domains and is centered on the 101 most important topics, issues, questions, and debates specific to women and gender. Entries provide students with more detailed information and depth of discussion than typically found in an encyclopedia entry, but lack the jargon, detail, and density of a journal article.Key FeaturesProvides a list of further readings and references after each entry, as well as a detailed index and an online version of the work to maximize accessibility for today's student audience.
Chapter 14: Women in Local Government
Women in Local Government
Despite the glamour and attention given to Washington, it is local governments that have the greatest impact on our daily lives. Local governments develop policy and fund and implement a wide range of programs and services influencing everything from public safety and schools, to recreation and environmental protection. Local politics is also more accessible for participation than any other level of government. The 2007 Census of Governments reported 89,476 units of local government in the United States, including towns and townships, counties, cities, special districts, and school districts ...