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ERIC Number: EJ787171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Movers and Shakers: How and Why Women Become and Remain Engaged in Community Leadership
Bond, Lynne A.; Holmes, Tabitha R.; Byrne, Ciara; Babchuck, Lynne; Kirton-Robbins, Sheila
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v32 n1 p48-64 Mar 2008
This research examines women's narratives regarding the experiences that lead to becoming, sustaining, and challenging active community leaders. Seventeen women neighborhood leaders, age 28 to 73 years, completed in-depth interviews. Qualitative thematic content analyses identified prominent themes in participants' responses that were subsequently linked to a generativity framework. Analyses revealed that leaders reported circuitous rather than linear paths of emerging community participation and growing up among others who demonstrated an ethos of care in informal as well as formal community practices. Women's initial community engagement was most often in response to invitations to address community needs. Both communal and agentic rewards and challenges to community involvement were identified. Based upon the findings, strategies for promoting and sustaining women's community leadership are identified.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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