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

ISBN : 9780199943531

Farida Jalalzai
336 Pages
162 x 240 mm
Pub date
Mar 2013
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In 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka made history when she was appointed the world's first woman prime minister. In the half-century following her achievement, fewer than eighty women worldwide have attained the office of prime minister or president. In 2010, women held just seventeen of the world's 252 executive posts - slightly less than seven percent. What prevents women from attaining executive office? And why, despite the progress made by women in other political arenas, have these positions remained stubbornly male? In Shattered, Cracked, or Firmly Intact?, Farida Jalalzai explores the patterns of women executive's paths, powers, and potential impacts. Jalalzai explains the mechanisms that push politically active women into relatively weak posts and why women who successfully attain executive office almost always hail from political families within unstable systems. Combining a broad understanding of global dynamics of executive power with detailed studies of individual women leaders, Shattered, Cracked, or Firmly Intact? analyzes how institutionally embedded gender expectations limit women's representational impact. Fifty years have passed since Ms. Bandaranaike's appointment. In Shattered, Cracked, or Firmly Intact?, Jalalzai provides a comprehensive and urgently needed analysis of the factors that prevent women from achieving the world's highest political offices.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Women Executives-the Literature
Chapter 3 Women Executives-Positions, Selections, Systems, and Powers
Chapter 4 A More in Depth Analysis of Executive Positions and Paths
Chapter 5 General Backgrounds of Women Leaders
Chapter 6 Specific Pathways to Power: Political Families and Activism
Chapter 7 A Statistical Analysis of Women's Rule
Chapter 8 An Overview of Female Presidential Candidacies
Chapter 9 Close But Not Close Enough-the Historic Candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Segolene Royal
Chapter 10 Conclusions on Women Executives and Directions for Future Research

About the author: 

Farida Jalalzai is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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