Der Aufstieg von Frauen in hohe Führungspositionen

Translated title of the contribution: The Rise of Female Leaders

Alice H. Eagly*

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The pace of women's rise into high-level leadership roles is accelerating in many postindustrial societies. Although women still face some discrimination in attaining roles with substantial authority, prejudicial reactions appear to be decreasing. In terms of Eagly and Karau's (2002) role incongruity theory of prejudice toward female leaders, women's rise is accounted for by three factors: (a) a redefinition of the qualities required by many leadership roles to include androgynous and feminine attributes as well as masculine attributes, (b) masculine shirts in women whereby they have adopted agentic and other masculine attributes consistent with their labor force participation, and (c) women's favoring of competent, androgynous leadership styles that help finesse the still remaining incongruity between leader roles and the female gender role.

Translated title of the contributionThe Rise of Female Leaders
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)123-132
Number of pages10
JournalZeitschrift fur Sozialpsychologie
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003


  • Gender prejudice
  • Gender roles
  • Leadership
  • Leadership style
  • Sex discrimination
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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