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Young Women and Leadership

1st Edition

Edited by Katrina Lee-Koo, Lesley Pruitt


144 pages

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pub: 2020-04-16
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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


Katrina Lee-Koo and Lesley J. Pruitt

1. Building a Theory of Young Women’s Leadership

Katrina Lee-Koo and Lesley J. Pruitt

2. Critical Components of Advancing Young Women’s Leadership

Lesley J. Pruitt and Katrina Lee-Koo

3. Young Women’s Leadership in Conflict: Crossing Borders in Myanmar

Jenny Hedström and Elisabeth Olivius

4. Building Inclusive Young Women’s Leadership in the Pacific: Spaces for Change

Jane Alver

5. ‘There’s Space for Both’: Young Women and Intergenerational Leadership in Papua New Guinea

Ceridwen Spark, Barbra Thomas, and Tait Brimacombe

6. Young Women in UN Peace and Security Policy: At Risk or In the Lead?

Karen Brown


Lesley J. Pruitt and Katrina Lee-Koo

About the Editors

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

Lesley Pruitt is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and author of Youth Peacebuilding and The Women in Blue Helmets: Gender, Policing & the UN’s First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics

In this series, we aim to publish books that work with, and through, feminist insights on global politics, and illuminate the ways in which gender functions not just as a marker of identity but also as a constitutive logic in global political practices. This series welcomes scholarship on any aspect of global political practices, broadly conceived, that pays attention to the ways in which gender is central to, (re)produced in, and is productive of, such practices.

There is growing recognition both within the academy and in global political institutions that gender matters in and to the practices of global politics. From the governance of peace and security, to the provision of funds for development initiatives, via transnational advocacy networks linked through strategic engagement with new forms of media, these processes have a gendered dimension that is made visible through empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated feminist work.

The series aims to be genuinely global in scope. We welcome submissions from scholars in/of the global South and support scholars for whom English is a second or other language through the publication process with dedicated editorial assistance. The series is also multi-disciplinary, publishing work from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with a global aspect and political focus.

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