Beyond stereotypes: An exploratory profile of Australian women mayors

Ryan, Christine M., Pini, Barbara M., & Brown, Kerry A. (2005) Beyond stereotypes: An exploratory profile of Australian women mayors. Local Government Studies, 31(4), pp. 443-448.

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While women continue to be under-represented in local government , their level of participation in senior positions has increased markedly over the past two decades. However, little is known about these political actors. This study addresses this gap in the literature by drawing on interviews with nineteen women mayors who held office in the Australian state of Queensland during the period 2000-2004. The paper uses Sinclair, Bowman and Strahan’s (1987) typology of women local government leaders, to analyse the current position of women mayors in Australia. The paper finds that the profiles of women in these positions has markedly changed over the last 15 years. The paper concludes there is a need to focus on dismantling the stereotypes and implement well-designed and considered strategies to develop women leaders if the local government sector is to remain robust and viable in these changing social and economic times.

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ID Code: 1943
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Women, sterotypes, local government, typology of women
DOI: 10.1080/03003930500136808
ISSN: 1743-9388
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Local Government Studies 31(4):pp. 443-448.
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:10

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