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Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Linda L. Carli, Alice H. Eagly

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CHAPTER TWO

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Where Are the Women Leaders?

THE POWER ELITE in organizations and politics does not “look like America,” to borrow a phrase from former president Bill Clinton.1 Nevertheless, the power elite looks a lot more like America than it did in the past. In this chapter, we identify where women have most advanced as leaders and where they still lag behind.

Despite expanding opportunities, it is rare to find women in very high positions, and they receive an extraordinary amount of media attention. Leaders such as eBay CEO Meg Whitman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are constantly in the news because of their gender. The continuing reports ...

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