LD ST/WGS 333: Women and Leadership

Upcoming offerings

Spring 2019

  • Section 1, Tuesday/Thursday 3:10-4:30 p.m., for 25 students, by Dr. Maggie LaWare


This seminar is designed to provide students with ideas, information and insights that pertain to women and leadership. It aims to help students develop an understanding of the challenges women face and the opportunities women have for leadership, the reasons why women accept or decline leadership opportunities, and the skills and abilities that women bring to leadership. Current issues and trends of women and leadership are examined from historical, contemporary and personal perspectives.

3 credits, sophomore classification required
Meets U.S. Diversity requirement

Course objectives

  • Introduce students to the status of women leaders past and present
  • Discuss and analyze challenges and barriers to women’s leadership
  • Explore similarities and differences between women’s and men’s leadership styles
  • Discuss strategies for bettering women’s leadership opportunities and abilities

Catalog description

This course will examine historical and contemporary barriers to and opportunities for women’s leadership in a variety of contexts, including professions and public service. It will examine theories of women’s leadership, gender differences in leadership styles, and the perceptions and expectations about women’s leadership. Multiple perspectives of women’s leadership will be highlighted through lectures, readings, videos, guest speakers and group work.

Class texts

Eagly, A. H., & Carli, L. L. (2007). Through the labyrinth: The truth about how women become leaders. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

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Additional readings on Blackboard