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Madam President? Women Leaders: Their Potential, Their Challenges

December 4, 2015

While the profiles of women leaders from the current crop of presidential candidates to the leaders of IBM, GM, PepsiCo, and Yahoo might lead one to think that women are more easily acceding to top positions in business and society, progress remains to be made. Consider that for a nation where numbers of women and men are nearly equal, less than 5 percent of CEOs in Fortune 500 companies are women, and less than 20 percent of the members of the U.S. Congress are female. Join our faculty experts as they examine the ways in which women do, and do not differ, from men in terms of leadership; discuss interventions that increased the number of women in leadership roles; and assess how women might better make themselves heard in public discourse.

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Friday, December 4, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Wieboldt Hall, Northwestern University
340 E. Superior St., Chicago, Ill.


“Women as Leaders: Negotiating the Labyrinth”

Alice Eagly, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology, and IPR Fellow, Northwestern University

“Gender Inequality in Deliberative Participation" 

Christopher Karpowitz, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University 

“Women's Political Empowerment"

Lori Beaman, Assistant Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow, Northwestern University