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.

Overview: Women as Leaders in Religion and Religious Organizations

Overview: Women as Leaders in Religion and Religious Organizations

Overview: Women as leaders in religion and religious organizations

While commonly the most faithful to worship, women have had a fractious, contentious relationship with religion through the centuries (Stark & Bainbridge, 1985). Offering a sense of stability (the hallmark of traditional religions), women have nonetheless sensed oppression via restricted, even marginalized roles and have, to varying degrees, fought back for change. Those most successful have made in-roads, but that widely depended on their particular church's overall openness to reform. Without the consistent push of women, however, ...

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