Shattered, Cracked, or Firmly Intact?: Women and the Executive Glass Ceiling Worldwide

Paperback | April 29, 2016

byFarida Jalalzai

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How do men's and women's paths to political office differ? Once in office, are women's powers more constrained than those of men? The number of women in executive leadership positions has grown substantially over the past five decades, and women now govern in vastly different contexts around the world. But their climbs to such positions don't necessarily correspond with social status and the existence of gender equity. In Shattered, Cracked, or Firmly Intact? Farida Jalalzai outlines important patterns related to women executive's paths, powers, and potential impacts. In doing so, she combines qualitative and quantitative analysis and explores both contexts in which women successfully gained executive power andthose in which they did not. The glass ceiling has truly shattered in Finland (where, to date, three different women have come to executive power), only cracked in the United Kingdom (with Margaret Thatcher as the only example of a female prime minister), and remains firmly intact in the United States. While women appear tohave made substantial gains, they still face many obstacles in their pursuit of national executive office. Women, compared to their male counterparts, more often ascend to relatively weak posts and gain offices through appointment as opposed to popular election. When dominant women presidents dorise through popular vote, they still almost always hail from political families and from within unstable systems. Jalalzai asserts the importance of institutional features in contributing positive representational effects for women national leaders. Her analysis offers both a broad understanding ofglobal dynamics of executive power as well as particulars about individual women leaders from every region of the globe over the past fifty years. Viewing gender as embedded within institutions and processes, this book provides an unprecedented and comprehensive view of the complex, contradictory,and multifaceted dimensions of women's national leadership.

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How do men's and women's paths to political office differ? Once in office, are women's powers more constrained than those of men? The number of women in executive leadership positions has grown substantially over the past five decades, and women now govern in vastly different contexts around the world. But their climbs to such position...

Farida Jalalzai is the Hannah Atkins Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190602090

ISBN - 13:9780190602093

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Women Executives: The Literature3. Women Executives: Positions, Selections, Systems, and Powers4. A More In-Depth Analysis of Executive Positions and Paths5. General Backgrounds of Women Leaders6. .Specific Pathways to Power: Political Families and Activism7. A Statistical Analysis of Women's Rule8. An Overview of Female Presidential Candidacies9. Close but Not Close Enough: The Historic Candidacies of Hillary Clinton and S.golSne Royal10. Conclusions on Women Executives and Directions for Future Research

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"Methodologically innovative, and drawing on an impressive array of data, Shattered, Cracked, or Firmly Intact? not only addresses the cases of women who have acceded to office, but also compares them to their male predecessors and women who have run for but not won these positions. Timely andinsightful, the book significantly advances research on gender and politics, executive roles, and leadership studies, and will thus be a standard reference for years to come." --Mona Lena Krook, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University