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 69: Women's Leadership in Economics
Women's Leadership in Economics
Historically, women have had limited representation in the economics profession, particularly at the highest leadership levels. The first woman to receive a Ph.D. in economics, Helen Frances Page Bates in 1896 (one of only three prior to 1900), enrolled at the University of Wisconsin following her husband's death. Within the next 2 decades, the percentage of women receiving doctorates in economics rose rapidly, reaching 18.3% in 1918. Unfortunately that peak was short-lived, and the percentage of women receiving Ph.D.s dropped to about 10% and remained at that level ...