My name is Jeff, and I am a final year undergraduate
student at the University of Birmingham in
England. I am currently researching for a paper
on women and the American Presidency.
of my paper, I would like to assess the 'Critical
Mass' theory, whereby psychologists believe
that once women reach positions of leadership
between 15-25%, stereotypes will start to be
overcome. I am struggling to find past and
present statistics on women and leadership
in America so was wondering if you had figures
or could direct me to figures showing the percentage
of women in leadership positions in business,
the media, law and medicine.
Thank you very
much for your help, it is greatly appreciated.
I think the theory you are working with
is great, but something else also happens. Once
that critical mass reaches more than 60/70% female,
the thing becomes devalued -- so it seems that
there is a delicate balance of tipping the scales
and then tipping them back.
I would try groups
like Catalyst, The
White House Project, American
Association of University Women, etc....
They all focus on women in leadership and
thus might have concrete studies to point