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1st Edition

Young Women and Leadership

ISBN 9780367204358
Published April 20, 2020 by Routledge
138 Pages

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Book Description

Through a range of case studies in Asia and the Pacific, this edited collection highlights the extent of the unique ways in which young women lead to create change in their own lives and their communities, as well as in the structures, cultures, and institutions in which they live and work.

This volume challenges and reshapes the boundaries and relationships of power that animate traditional attitudes to leadership by exploring the often overlooked role of women as leaders and drivers of social change. The text draws on a number of complex case studies in Asia and the Pacific in order to demonstrate how young women around the world have developed organised approaches to leadership that are often collective, collaborative, and transformative. However, as the authors reveal, they also deviate from traditional forms of leadership that have dominated the literature and public understanding.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of the theory and/or practice of leadership. More broadly, it will also be useful for students and scholars of political science, international studies, peace and conflict studies, international and community development, leadership studies, cultural studies, youth studies, and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Building a Theory of Young Women’s Leadership  2. Critical Components of Advancing Young Women’s Leadership  3. Young Women’s Leadership in Conflict: Crossing Borders in Myanmar  4. Building Inclusive Young Women’s Leadership in the Pacific: Spaces for Change  5. ‘There’s Space for Both’: Young Women and Intergenerational Leadership in Papua New Guinea  6. Young Women in UN Peace and Security Policy: At Risk or In the Lead?  Conclusion


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Katrina Lee-Koo is Associate Professor of International Relations at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the co-author of Children and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Ethics and Global Security (Routledge, 2014).

Lesley Pruitt is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and author of Youth Peacebuilding: Music, Gender, and Change (State University of New York Press, 2013) and The Women in Blue Helmets: Gender, Policing & the UN’s First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit (University of California Press, 2016).