This course will look at gender in the context of politics and leadership and take a practical stance in helping participants identify both problems and solutions on the path to greater gender equality in those spheres.
The first part will consider key concepts and look at gender, power and leadership in organizations, examining the extent to which difference matters. The second part will examine gender in the political sphere. We will study behaviors, stereotypes and cultures that support or inhibit gender equality at the top of organizations and political hierarchies. The course will recognize the importance of intersectionality and other markers of difference, such as race, sexuality and class, however, the focus will be upon gender. The course will incorporate readings and case studies from the United States and elsewhere.