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FEMINIST QUESTIONS IN LEADERSHIP: Conceptual and Theoretical Considerations

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Aunt Lute Books, 2007 (Third Ed).

Batliwala, Srilatha. Feminist Leadership for Social Transformation: Clearing the Conceptual. CREA, 2010.

Davis, Angela. Women, Race & Class. New York: Vintage Books, 1983.

Freeman, Sue J. M. et al, eds. Women on Power: Leadership Redefined. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.

Hartman, Mary, ed. Talking Leadership: Conversations With Powerful Women. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999.

hooks, bell. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. MA: South End Press, 2000. Institute for Women’s Leadership National Dialogue on Educating Women for Leadership. “Are Leaders Made or Born?. 2000. learn more. (contact the IWL staff to get a copy ).

Institute for Women’s Leadership National Dialogue on Educating Women for Leadership. Power for what? : Women's Leadership: Why Should You Care? 2002. learn more. (contact the IWL staff to get a copy ).

Kellerman, Barbara and Deborah Rhode, eds., Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change. Jossey Bass, 2007.

King, Deborah, K. “Multiple Jeopardy, Multiple Consciousness: The Context of a Black Feminist Ideology.” Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. Beverly Guy-Sheftal, ed. New Press, 1995. 294-317.

Klenke, Karin. Women and Leadership: A Contextual Perspective. New York: Springer, 1996.

Meyerson, Debra. Tempered Radicals: How People Use Difference to Inspire Change at Work. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2001.

Moen, Phyllis and Patricia Roehling. The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity. Duke University Press, 2003.

Rhode, Deborah L., ed. The Difference “Difference” Makes: Women and Leadership. Stanford, CA: Stanford Law and Politics, 2003.

Tarr-Whelan. Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Into Leadership—and Changing the World. San Francisco, CA: Barrett-Koehler, 2009.

Valian, Virginia. Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998.

White House Project Report, “Benchmarking Women’s Leadership,” 2009.

Wilson, Marie. Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World. New York: Viking, 2004.


Antrobus, Peggy. The Global Women’s Movement: Origins, Issues, and Strategies. Zed Books, 2004.

Basu, Amrita. The Challenge of Local Feminisms: Women’s Movements in Global Perspective. Westview Press, 1995.

Bennis, Warren and Joan Goldsmith. Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader. New York: Basic Books, 2003.

Brooks, Abigail. "Feminist Standpoint Epistemology: Building Knowledge and Empowerment Through Women's Lived Experiences." Feminist Research Practice: A Primer. Hesse-Biber and Leavy, eds. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2006. 53-82.

Bystydzienski, Fran, and Joti Sekhon. Democratization and Women’s Grassroots Movements. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999. 1-21.

Clark, C. et al, eds. Women Navigate Power: Stories About Claiming Our Rights. Johannesburg: Action Aid International, 2007.

Gardner, J. R. On Leadership. New York: Free Press, 1990.

Greenleaf, Robert K. Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. New York: Paulist Press, 2002.

Institute for Women’s Leadership National Dialogue on Educating Women for Leadership. Changing the Face of Leadership: Young Women Leaders Speak Out. 2007. learn more. (contact the IWL staff to get a copy ).

Jain, Devaki. “Feminist Networks, People’s Movements and Alliances: Learning From the Ground.” Feminist Politics, Activism, and Vision: Local and Global Challenges. Luciana Ricciutelli, Angela Miles, Margaret McFadden, eds. Zed Books, 2005.

Jamieson, Kathleen Hall. Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Kelley, Robert E. The Power of Followership: How to Create Leaders People Want to Follow and Followers Who Lead Themselves. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Komives, Susan R., Nance Lucas and Timothy R. McMahon. Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1998.

Kouzes, James M. and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Kouzes, James M. and Barry Z. Posner. Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

McKenzie, Vashti M. Strength in the Struggle: Leadership Development for Women. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 1996.

Moghadam, Valentine. Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks. John Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Rost, Joseph. Leadership for the Twenty-First Century. New York: Praeger, 1991. Sinclair, Amanda. Doing Leadership Differently: Gender, Power, and Sexuality in a Change. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 1999.

Trigg, Mary K., ed., “Educating Women Leaders for the Twenty-first Century.” Liberal Education, Vol. 92, No. 1, Winter 2006. 22-27.


Antrobus, Peggy “Transformational Leadership: Advancing the agenda for Gender and Justice.” Gender and Development. Vol. 8 Issue 3, 2000. 50-56.

Astin, Helen S. and Carole Leland. Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross- Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey- Bass, 1991.

Baumgardner, Jennifer and Amy Richards. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.

Baumgardner, Jennifer and Amy Richards. Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism. New York: Farrar Struas and Giroux, 2005.

Buchanan, Constance. Choosing to Lead: Women and the Crisis of American Values. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1997.

Hendrie, Alison and Donna Dees-Thomases. Looking for a Few Good Moms: How One Mother Rallied a Million Others Against the Gun Lobby. New York: Rodale, Inc., 2004.

Laboton, Vivien and Dawn Lundy Martin. The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism. New York: Anchor Books, 2004.

Naples, Nancy A. Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class, and Gender. New York: Routledge, 1998.

Orleck, Annelise. Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought their Own War on Poverty. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005.

Trigg, Mary K., ed. Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010.

WOMEN AND POLITICS: U.S., Global Politics, and Human Rights

Balakrishnan, R. & Elson, Diane. The Economic Crisis is a Human Rights Issue. UK: Our Kingdom, 2008.

Bunch, Charlotte with P. Antrobus, S. Frost, and N. Reilly. “International Networking for Women’s Human Rights.” Global Citizen Action. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001: 217-229.

Bunch, Charlotte , “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Toward a Re-Vision of Human Rights.” Human Rights Quarterly (12). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1990: 486-498.

Carroll, Susan J. and Fox, Richard L. Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Coomaraswamy, Radhika. “Are Women’s Rights Universal? Re-Engaging the Local.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Wesleyan University Press, 2002.

Dujon, Diane and Ann Withorn, eds. For Crying Out Loud: Women’s Poverty in the United States. Boston: South End Press, 1996.

Jaywardenda, Kumari. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World. Zed Books Ltd, 1986.

Lawless, Jennifer and Fox, Richard L."Why are Women Still Not Running for Political Office?" Issues in Governance Studies, 2008.

Mandel, Ruth B. She's the Candidate!: A Woman for President. Center for American Women and Politics, 2009. candidates.php

Pietila, Hikka. Engendering the Global Agenda: The Story of Women and the United Nations. UN Non Governmental Liaison Svc., 2002.

Sanbonmatsu, Kira, Susan J. Carroll, and Debbie Walsh. Poised to Run: Women's Pathways to the State Legislature. Center for American Women and Politics, 2009. learn more.


Adler, Nancy J. Competitive Frontiers: Women Managers in a Global Economy. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1999.

Adler, Nancy, “Global Leaders: Women of Influence,” Handbook of Gender and Work. 1999.

Agonito, Rosemary. No More “Nice Girl:” Power, Sexuality, and Success in the Workplace. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corporation, 1993.

Burk, Martha. Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It. New York: Scribner, 2005.

Catalyst, The Double-Bind Dilemma for Women in Leadership: Damned if You Do, Doomed if You Don’t. 2007. learn more.

Ely, Robin, E. Foldy, and M. Scully, eds. Reader in Gender, Work, and Organization. MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2003.

Enkelis, Liane and Karen Olsen. On Our Own Terms: Portraits of Women Business Leaders. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1995.

Evans, Gail. She Wins, You Win: The Most Important Rule Every Businesswoman Needs to Know. Gotham Books, 2003.

Fels, Anna. Necessary Dream: Ambition in Women’s Changing Lives. New York: Pantheon, 2004.

Harrington, Mona. Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules. New York: Penguin Group USA, Inc., 1995.

Heim, Pat and Susan K. Golant. Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business. Los Angeles: Lowell House, 1992.

Helgesen, Sally. The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership. New York: Currency/Doubleday, 1995.

Parker, P. S. and D. T. Olgivie. “Gender, Culture, and Leadership: Toward a Culturally Distinct Model of African American Women Executives’ Leadership Struggles.” Leadership Quarterly 7 (1996): 189-214.

Reskin, Barbara F. “Including Mechanisms in Our Models of Ascriptive Inequality.” 2002 Presidential Address, American Sociological Review, 2003.

Roos, Patricia A, and Mary L. Gatta, “Gender (in)equity in the academy: Subtle mechanisms and the production of inequality,” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Kevin T. Leicht, ed. 2009.

Rosener, Judy B. America’s Competitive Secret: Utilizing Women as a Management Strategy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

---. “Ways Women Lead.” Harvard Business Review, November-December 1990: 119-125.

Stone, Pamela. Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home. CA: University of California Press, 2006.

Valian, Virginia. “Sex, Schemas, and Success: What’s Keeping Women Back,” Academe, Sep-Oct 1998: Vol. 84 Issue 5, p50.

Williams, Joan. Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It. NY: Oxford University Press, 2000.


Cook, Blanche Wiesen. Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1: 1884-1933. New York: Penguin, 1993.

Cook, Blanche Wiesen. Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 2 , The Defining Years, 1933-1938. New York: Penguin, 1999.

Devaki, Jain. Women, Development, and the UN: A Sixty Year Quest for Equality and Justice. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.

Evans, Sara. Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century’s End. New York: Free Press, 2004.

Giddings, Paula. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. Bantam, 1985.

Kaplan, Temma. Crazy for Democracy: Women in Grassroots Movements. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Kessler-Harris, Alice. In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America. NY: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Rosen, Ruth. The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed the World. New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 2000.

Siegel, Deborah. Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Girls Gone Wild. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Springer, Kimberly. Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations 1968-1980. Duke Univ. Press, 2005.

IMPORTANT FIGURES: Biographies, Memoirs, and Interviews

Beli, Gioconda. The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War. New York: Knopf, 2002.

Conway, Jill Kerr, ed. Written by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women, An Anthology. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

Duplessis, Rachel, and Ann Snitow, eds. The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007.

Ebadi, Shirin. Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope. New York: Random House, 2007.

Hartman, Mary, ed. Talking Leadership: Conversations With Powerful Women. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999.

Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 2007.

Rossi, Alice, ed. The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir. Northeastern University Press: 1988.

White, Deborah Gray. Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower. Univ of North Carolina Press, 2008.


America's Victoria: Remembering Victoria Woodhull, produced, directed and written by Victoria Weston, New York, NY: Distributed by Women Make Movies, 1996 (52 min.)

A Litany for Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson, New York, NY : Third World Newsreel, 2006 (52 min.)

A Place of Rage, producer & director, Pratibha Parmar, New York, NY : Women Make Movies, 1991 (52 min.)

A Woman’s Place -- three case studies in leadership, local and global, from South Africa, the U.S. and India

Beah: a Black Woman Speaks, written & directed by Lisa Gay Hamilton; York, NY in association with HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films, distributed by Women Make Movies, 2003 (91 min.)

Black and White, directed and produced by Kirsty MacDonald, New York, distributed by Women Make Movies, 2006 (17 min.)

Belfast Girls, directed by Malin Andersson, New York, NY : Distributed by Women Make Movies, 2006 (58 min.)

Fundi: the Story of Ella Baker, written, produced and directed by Joanne Grant. New York: Fundi, 1981 (48 min.)

I Was a Teenage Feminist, written and directed by Therese Shechter, New York : Women Make Movies, 2005 (62 min.) (Documentary on Gloria Steinmen)

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony by Geoffrey C. Ward, PBS Video, 1999, (3 hrs 30 min.)

Margaret Sanger: a Public Nuisance, directed by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull [New York, N.Y. : Margaret Sanger Film Project, Inc., distributed by Women Make Movies c1992 ( 28 min.)

Out: the Making of a Revolutionary, produced, directed, and edited by Sonja de Vries and Rhonda Collins, New York, NY : Third World Newsreel, c2000 (62 min.)

(Documetary film about Laura Whitehorn) Reds written by Warren Beatty and Trevor Griffiths, produced and directed by Warren Beatty, Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c1991 (195 min.)

Rough Aunties, directed by Kim Longinotto, New York, N.Y. : Women Make Movies, c2008 (103 min.)

Run Granny Run, directed by Marlo Poras, HBO Documentary Films, 2007 (78 min.)

Soraida: a Woman of Palestine, research, script and direction by Tahani Rached, New York, NY: Women Make Movies, 2004. Physical descrip: 1 videocassette (52 min.)

Sisters in Law directed by Florence Ayisi and Kim Longinotto, New York, NY : Women Make Movies, 2005 (104 min.)

Some American Feminists, writer and critic, Luce Guilbeault, New York, N.Y. : distributed by Women Make Movies, 2001, (56 min.)

Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement produced by Joyce Follet, New York, NY : Distributed by Women Make Movies, c1998 (56 min.)

Theatre Girls, directed by Kim Longinotto and Claire Pollak, New York, NY : Women Make Movies, [2006], c1979, (56 min.)

The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy, directed by Bob Hercules and Bruce Orenstein, Chicago : Berkeley Media, 2005 (55 min.)

The Gender Chip Project, produced and directed by Helen De Michiel, New York, NY: Distributed by Women Make Movies, c2005 (54 min.)

The Noble Struggle directed by Elli Safari, Netherlands : NMO Broadcasting and New York, NY: Distributed by Women Make Movies, 2007 (29 min.)

The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde, produced, directed written by Jennifer Abod, Profile Productions. New York, NY : Distributed by Women Make Movies, 2007, (59 min.)

The Long Walk to Freedom: Community Works, written and directed by Tom Weidlinger, Bullfrog Films, 2004 (30 min.)

The Sermons of Sister Jane: Believing the Unbelievable directed by Irving Saraf, Allie Light, Carol Monpere, New York, NY : Distributed by Women Make Movies, 2007 (53 min.)

The Vienna Tribunal: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Transforming Lives: Women’s Leadership Interview Project 2009-2010

Women as Citizens: Vital Voices through the Century Washington, DC: White House Millennium Council, 1999, (118 min)

Women in Struggle, produced and directed by Buthina Canaan Khoury, New York, NY: Women Make Movies, 2005, (59 min.)

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