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Women and Leadership

CWW Research on Women and leadership


Women Don’t Get Credit - Michelle Haynes-Baratz
Key to understanding women’s devaluation of their contributions to successful outcomes are negative performance expectations of the self. At the root of these expectations are gender stereotypes combined with conceptualizations of what is required to perform successfully in traditionally male domains. Haynes-Baratz studies the impact of the stereotypes that men are thought to possess more agentic characteristics, such as being forceful, decisive, and achievement oriented; women are thought to possess more communal characteristics, such as being caring, and relationship oriented.

While much literature explores the external environment shaping women’s advancement and success as leaders, much less research examines the identity-based dynamics of women’s experiences on the leadership path. Humberd’s study takes an intrapersonal perspective to study professional women’s experiences with coming to see themselves as leaders. Through an inductive qualitative study in a large, global bank, Humberd examines the different ways in which women see the relationship between their gender and leadership.

Previous research by Throne-Holst and Stø (2008), established that most stakeholders, including businesses, rely on the scientific community and individual researchers for assessment of the risks of nanotechnology. But Galizzi’s study results also give us interesting insights about which factors may affect employer attitudes toward workplace risks. The results show that gender may produce significant differences in risk perception as female CEOs of nanotechnology companies are found to be especially concerned about the unknown risks that the new technologies may pose to the workforce.

Diversity Lags in Policing - Melissa Morabito
The domination of policing by white males in the United States has long been considered a threat to the legitimacy of the profession as police agencies have struggled with attracting, retaining, and promoting women and minorities within their agencies for decades. . .

Lowell Tex is a collaboration between Lowell cultural institutions, local artists, and UMass faculty from several disciplines.  The project is developing well-designed curriculum modules that will give students, teachers, and community members an interactive, hands-on introduction to “smart” textiles, a burgeoning research area that is already generating benefits for a wide range of users, including patients, athletes, persons in extreme environments, and artists seeking new means of expression.  Smart textiles can monitor and promote health, protect from injury and disease, and improve human and machine performance, among many other functions.

New documentary on how the nurses of Hale Hospital, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, became one of the first communities to form a union.

Quotes from the documentary:
“We would talk to our employers and they would listen, but do nothing. They'd do what they wanted to do.”
 
From a letter to a city councilor:
“Nurses cannot afford to continue to subsidize health.”
“The first contract was terrific. We had something to say about it.”
“Women are part of the workforce...and if they don't have a collective bargaining agent, they're going to get trundled under the bed!”