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Mainstreaming Co-OperationAn Alternative for the Twenty-First Century?$
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Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099595

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.001.0001

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A continuing challenge: women and leadership in co-operatives

A continuing challenge: women and leadership in co-operatives

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Mainstreaming Co-Operation

Barbara Rawlings

Linda Shaw

Manchester University Press

This chapter seeks to address the lack of academic research into the role of women in co-operative leadership, and surveys the current situation across the global movement, in both the developed and developing worlds. It explores the current literature on women and leadership, and points out that co-operatives offer dual paths to leadership, through participation in operational management or democratic membership structures. The chapter highlights the need for further data collection and research, and notes strategies used by co-operatives in promoting women’s participation, including affiliated women’s organisations and gender mainstreaming activities.

Keywords:   Co-operative movement, Gender, Leadership, Membership, Management, North America, Europe, subSaharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia

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