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Advancing women’s leadership in academe: new directions for research and HRD practice

Kecia M. Thomas (Department of Psychology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602)
Laura Bierema (Department of Adult Education, College of Education, University of Georgia)
Harriet Landau (Personnel Decisions International)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



Women are underrepresented in the leadership ranks across society. Research and the development of strategies to assist corporate women in breaking the glass ceiling is frequent and ongoing. Less prevalent has been a similar exploration of the barriers that women in academe confront in regards to their upward mobility and subsequent leadership. This article analyzes how academic women experience the glass ceiling, how research done on corporate women can inform much needed study of barriers to academic women’s upward mobility, and finally, how human resource development practices may benefit advancing women’s leadership in higher education.



Thomas, K.M., Bierema, L. and Landau, H. (2004), "Advancing women’s leadership in academe: new directions for research and HRD practice", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 23 No. 7/8, pp. 62-77.



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