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Date & Time
February 16, 2017 - 4:30pm
Stanford Law School - Room 109
Crown Quadrangle 559 Nathan Abbott Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Deborah Rhode on Women and Leadership


For most of recorded history, men have held nearly all of the most powerful leadership positions. Today, although women occupy an increasing percentage of leadership positions, in America they hold less than a fifth of positions in both the public and private sectors.In Women and Leadership, Stanford Law Professor Deborah L. Rhode focuses on women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles and asks why it persists and what we can do about it. Although organizations generally stand to gain from increasing gender equity in leadership, women’s underrepresentation is persistent and pervasive. Rhode explores the reasons, including women’s family roles, unconscious gender bias, and exclusion from professional development networks. She stresses that we cannot address the problem at the individual level; instead, she argues that we need broad-based strategies that address the deep-seated structural and cultural conditions facing women.

The Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, the Stanford Faculty Women’s Forum, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Women of Stanford Law are pleased to celebrate the publication of this important book with a presentation by Professor Rhode followed by a reception. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

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  • Deborah Rhode headshot
    • Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
    • Founding Director, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession
    • Director, Program on Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
    • Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2010-2011
    • Barbara D. Finberg Director, 1986 - 1990
    • Faculty Advisory Committee Chair, Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership
    Deborah L. Rhode is one of the country’s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. An author of over 20 books, including The Beauty Bias, Women and Leadership and Moral Leadership, she is the nation’s most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. She is the director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and Founding President of the International Association of Legal...