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.
|Title of host publication||Young Women and Leadership|
|Editors||Katrina Lee-Koo, Lesley Pruitt|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon Oxon UK|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics|