Issues Women Face in Leadership
By: Madelyne Burgos
In modern society, women have taken the initiative to eliminate the perception that was once in the past a stereotype. Women have overcome an abundant amount of challenges and the results have led to them obtaining leadership roles that were once dominated by men. Hilary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are two examples of women with outstanding female leadership and achievements. Unfortunately, women cannot celebrate just yet, they cannot disregard the accomplishments achieved so far, but as women we have not fulfilled the continual issues that are face with leadership roles. There is no telling how many women never get to this point -turned away from aspirations to leadership because of the difficulties and cost they anticipate (Lips, 2009). Women face challenges such as stereotype, women’s own fear, and continuous barriers.
In contemporary culture of the United States, women are praised for having the right combination of skills for leadership, yielding superior leadership styles and outstanding effectiveness. However, there appears to be widespread recognition that women often come in second to men in competitions to attain leadership positions. Women are still portrayed as suffering disadvantage in access to leadership positions as well as prejudice and resistance when they occupy these roles. In some leadership roles, women face obstacles that men do not face. If women who are in fact equal to their male counterparts are treated differently either in their access to male-dominated leader roles or in evaluations of their performance once they are in such roles, women would indeed face disadvantage as leaders. Such disadvantage would be prejudicial, as defined by less favorable treatment of women than men, despite their objective equality (Eagly, 2007).
Women who seek positions of leadership have not fully broken through the “glass ceiling”- a barrier so understated that it is transparent, yet so strong...