Building a theory of young women's leadership

Katrina Lee-Koo, Lesley Pruitt

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This chapter seeks to build a theory of young women’s leadership in community-based and social justice spaces. It does so in two parts: first it provides a brief overview of the field of leadership studies, highlighting how young women have been absent from existing research and scholarship. This begins with an overview of traditional approaches to leadership, followed by a discussion of the emerging contributions of feminist and age-based analyses. Identifying a significant gap in relation to young women, the chapter then draws from our fieldwork throughout Asia and the Pacific to consider the central themes, values, and processes that animate young women’s approaches to leadership. The chapter argues that young women often lead in ways that are in contrast with traditional approaches by taking up informal opportunities, moving deftly across public and private spaces, and reckoning with power in ways that are horizontal, collaborative, and shared.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung Women and Leadership
EditorsKatrina Lee-Koo, Lesley Pruitt
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780429261480
ISBN (Print)9780367204358
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics

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