Document Type

Honors Thesis


This original research utilizes purposive and snowball sampling methods and semi-structured interviews to answer the question, what common experiences do women leaders have? As well as, how do women leaders view, define, and practice leadership? Through 20 interviews and a multi-part analysis, the research found commonalities in the broader themes of upbringing, family and friends, marriage and motherhood, education, influencers, and leadership viewpoints. The study emphasized diversity in profession, race, marital status, whether they were mothers or not, sexual orientation, and locality. This research uses women leaders’ narratives to quantitatively and qualitatively build new data in a lacking area: female representation within leadership research.

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