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Perceptions in Leadership

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At about the time the U.S. Women’s National Team won the 2015 FIFA World Cup, Misty Copeland was promoted to principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theater, the first African-American woman to do so in its 75-year history.  A few weeks later, NFL’s Arizona Cardinals named Dr. Jen Welter as their first female coach. It’s wonderful to see these “firsts” for women - - but in 2015 we have a long way to go in supporting young women and girls today so they become confident and effective leaders tomorrow.

A recent study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education reinforced this.

The study focused on perceptions of middle and high school boys and girls about gender and leadership and revealed that the gender gap persists. We already knew this, but it’s good to have the data.

Nearly 20,000 diverse middle and high school students from public and private schools in the US, Canada, and international schools, and 1,200 parents took part. Most of them didn’t see women as leaders in most fields, …