Support from Above the Glass Ceiling: Narratives of Women as University Student Leaders

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Using qualitative methodology. the researcher examined motivations. social support networks. and challenges college women face in student leadership positions. Four semistructured interviews were conducted at a midsized university in the Midwest with college women in various positions of organizational leadership. The researcher identified motivational factors for women to apply for leadership positions as well as described the social support network that exists for college women in positions of leadership. Challenges college women face in achieving higher leadership positions were also identified. Lastly, recommendations were made for student affairs professionals and
women in leadership based on the research findings.

Table of Contents

Abstract ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ii
DEDICATION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. iii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ………………………………………………………………………………….. iv
CHAPTER 1 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1
Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1
Personal Statement ………………………………………………………………………………………… 1
Purpose of the Study and Research Questions …………………………………………………… 3
Significance of the Study ………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Definition of Terms ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Summary ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5
CHAPTER 11 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Review of Literature ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Leadership Theory …………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
Industrial leadership theory ………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Postindustrial leadership theory ……………………………………………………………………. 8
Current leadership models in higher education ………………………………………………. 9
Student Leadership Development and Theoretical Perspectives …………………………. 12
Women as Leaders ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 16
Ascribed gender roles ……………………………………………………………………………….. 19
Glass cliffs and glass ceilings …………………………………………………………………….. 20
Self-Esteem ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 22
Double Jeopardy ………………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Systems of Support ………………………………………………………………………………………. 26
Campus or organizational services ……………………………………………………………… 27
Mentorship ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28
Social Support Theory ………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 32
CHAPTER III ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
Methods …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
Design of the Study ……………………………………………………………………………………… 33
Research Site ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
Participants …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34

Instrument …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 5
Data Collection ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Treatment of Data ………………………………………………………………………………………… 36
Data Analysis ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
Chapter IV …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3 8
Narratives ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
Andrea ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 38
Family and hometown influence …………………………………………………………………. 38
High school experience ……………………………………………………………………………… 39
Choosing college and continued leadership ………………………………………………….. 40
Defining leadership …………………………………………………………………………………… 41
Erin ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
Family and hometown influence …………………………………………………………………. 42
High school experience ……………………………………………………………………………… 43
Choosing college and continued leadership ………………………………………………….. 44
Defining leadership …………………………………………………………………………………… 46
Rachel ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 46
Family and hometown influence …………………………………………………………………. 47
High school experience ……………………………………………………………………………… 4 7
Choosing college and continued leadership ………………………………………………….. 48
Defining leadership …………………………………………………………………………………… 50
Jennifer ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 50
Family and hometown influence …………………………………………………………………. 51
High school experience ……………………………………………………………………………… 51
Choosing college and continued leadership ………………………………………………….. 53
Defining leadership …………………………………………………………………………………… 54
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 55
Chapter V ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 56
Analysis …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 56
Motivations for Women to Seek Student Leadership Positions ………………………….. 56
Family …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 57
Coaches. Teachers. and Advisors ……………………………………………………………….. 58

Peers ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 61
Agents of Change ……………………………………………………………………………………… 63
Stepping Stones ………………………………………………………………………………………… 65
Social Support for Women as Student Leaders ………………………………………………… 67
Emotional. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
Informational. …………………………………………………………………………………………… 69
Tangible ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 70
Challenges Women Face as Student Leaders …………………………………………………… 71
Competition ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 72
Double jeopardy ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 74
Entering “the real world” …………………………………………………………………………… 75
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 77
Chapter VI …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 79
Discussion ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 79
Discussion …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 79
Motivations for Women in Student Leadership …………………………………………….. 79
Support for Women in Student Leadership ………………………………………………….. 81
Emotional …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 82
Informational. ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 82
Tangible ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 83
Challenges ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 84
Competition with other women ……………………………………………………………….. 85
Double jeopardy for women of color. ………………………………………………………. 87
Transition from college to workforce ……………………………………………………….. 87
Implications ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 88
Student affairs professionals ………………………………………………………………………. 89
Women in leadership ………………………………………………………………………………… 89
Future Research …………………………………………………………………………………………… 90
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 91
References ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 93
Appendix A ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 99
Appendix B ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 100

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Author

Rebecca Schwartz

No of Chapters

6

No of Pages

112

Reference

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