Research suggests that executive political office poses additional and different political challenges for women than legislative office. Yet, a few dozen women have attained their nations’ highest executive office. Surprisingly little research has been devoted to the experiences of these women world leaders. This study builds profiles of the women world leaders in the modern era and analyzes their backgrounds and political experiences in an effort to both identify commonalities among the women leaders and assess the challenges they faced on account of their sex.
Watson, Robert P.; Jencik, Alicia; and Selzer, Judith A.
Women World Leaders: Comparative Analysis and Gender Experiences.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 7(2), 53-76.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol7/iss2/4