Research and Publications on Women's Leadership

Feb 14, 2018

Published by UN Women: 

UN Women’s new flagship report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth a robust agenda to shift gears. It spotlights inequalities and challenges faced by women and identifies gaps and opportunities for gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Jan 22, 2018

“What we’re trying to measure is how much formal and how much enacted power women hold…what’s really important in the gender space is the informal or enacted powers: How do people perceive you? Do you use your power? Are you an effective leader in your field?”

Gwen K. Young, Director of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project, contributed to this issue.

Jan 22, 2018

American Journal of Political Science

This research program demanded to find a new theory about women's access to power. The authors posit three related sets of hypotheses concerning women's appointments. They focused on women's exclusion from appointments, the changing nature of the role of women in politics, and the changing structures of defense ministries. They found that male dominance erodes when politics becomes more feminized and when traditional conceptions of positions change.

Dec 01, 2017

Published by Routledge

A sequel to Bauer and Dawuni's pioneering study on gender and the judiciary in Africa (Routledge, 2016), International Courts and the African Woman Judge examines questions on gender diversity, representative benches, and international courts by focusing on women judges from the continent of Africa.

Nov 28, 2017


Governing in a Global World captures the panorama of women governing around the world.

Nov 21, 2017

One of the key reasons for embarking upon this study was to better understand the factors and motivations that lead certain men to internalize this agenda personally and to promote it professionally. The experiences shared by male champions showed that the personal and the political are, in fact, deeply connected. The interviews demonstrate that exposure to gender frameworks, and the real-life repercussions of gender equality, can help men overcome gender-blindness, which in turn will
start to shift ingrained biases in institutions and processes.