Written by Katelyn Regenscheid, St. Olaf intern
In recent years, several women have risen in the ranks of leadership and, quite frankly, rocked our worlds. Popular examples include songwriter, producer, and singer Taylor Swift as well as screenwriter, director, and producer Shonda Rhimes. In the business world, we see women like Natalie Massenet, the Founder and Executive Chairwoman of Net-a-Porter.
The stereotypes around females in leadership is that they are bossy and manipulative. For so long, our society perpetuated images of women that harm their potentials to lead. Today, the stories of misogyny and patriarchy are fewer and farther between than in years past. This is not to say that the job of feminism is done, but that things are definitely starting to change.
Campaigns such as Lean In and Ban Bossy work to create new images and perceptions of female leaders. By creating positive images of women in leadership and destigmatizing leadership qualities in women, these movements foster a more welcoming environment for potential female leadership.
In addition to popular campaigns, many universities and companies are developing and implementing female leadership development programs. On a larger scale, the concept of leadership itself is shifting to a paradigm that benefits women. Overall, the trend is positive, and people are excited.
So, as times begin to change, I challenge you to reflect. Which female leaders inspire you? Who has contributed to your leadership development, and how did they do so? Please share your stories in the comments below!
Interested in a little more reading? Check out Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Powerful Women.