Taking the Lead

Girls and Young Women on Changing the Face of Leadership
| Plan International, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media | 2019
Taking the Lead

This report by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Plan International is an in-depth and ambitious look at female leadership. It seeks to fill the gap in our understanding of what it means for girls and young women to be leaders and what encourages and discourages their leadership aspirations. The research cuts across economies, cultures and societies and includes the voices of close to 10,000 girls and young women in 19 countries. It is part of an ongoing enquiry into girls’ and young women’s aspirations to lead – at home, in the workplace, in their communities, or on the wider national or international stage. The research looks also at how girls become leaders – what hinders them and what helps them – with a second phase of the research planned to focus on the specific role of media in shaping girls’ aspirations and either restricting or enabling their success.

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