Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Feminism and Theories of Leadership
Audrey M. Dentith & Jeanne F. Brady & Roberta F. Hammett
Feminism, represented by multiple theoretical perspectives and pedagogical approaches, is a historically varied and culturally diverse international movement. Many feminist theories and perspectives have developed and been articulated over the past century. At the core, however, each one strives to describe women's oppression, elaborate on the causes and consequences of such oppression, and suggest ways in which such oppression can be resisted and overcome through social reform and individual awareness. Thus, all feminisms, by definition, imply social action. Feminist theory is generally divided into three broad categories: liberal, radical, and postmodern. Liberal feminist thought maintains that women and their uniqueness as gendered beings can be understood rationally, within traditional Western modes of thought and analysis. Prescriptively, this approach contends that if women are given the same rights of access and opportunities as men, they will to the same extent as men be free to determine their own course in life. ...