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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 FOUR

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Do Family Responsibilities Hold Women Back?

HOW DO WOMEN’S family responsibilities affect their ability to become leaders? Does caring for children and households hold women back? If men’s nature can’t explain why they occupy most of the leadership positions, perhaps the division of labor in the home can. In this chapter, we show that women’s domestic responsibilities do contribute to their lesser access to power and authority in society. However, men increasingly share housework and childrearing, and there are signs that these changes toward greater equality are likely to continue. Nevertheless, women are currently responsible for ...

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