In global organisations, gender equality has made limited progress in leadership roles despite recent gains at lower levels. Using a novel dataset of both nominees and selected heads of 123 institutions, Maria Sokolova co-conducted and will present the findings of a research that uncovers several stylised facts.
Female representation remains far below parity, but at the highest levels it has been improving steadily since the 1990s – yet only in a sub-set of institutions, resulting in certain “outsourcing” of women leaders. The research looks at if the internal staffing parity is higher for women leaders, and finds that true only when there is history of appointing women leaders. The research also looks at the nominations process and confirms that women are largely absent or underrepresented but get elected when they are in serious consideration. This analysis contributes much-needed data to the broader literature about leadership in international organisations and introduces a new dataset that is likely to have many other applications as well.
About the speaker
Maria Sokolova – presenting co-author of the research – is an international trade expert with specialisation in monetary aspects of trade integration, regionalism and gender. She has experience in various international organisations, academia and private sector, and her empirical research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. She holds a PhD in International Economics with a minor in Law from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, MSc from the University of St Andrews, and BSc from Russian Economic Academy.
PART OF THE GENDER SEMINAR SERIES
The Gender Centre has developed this series of research seminars in order to offer a platform of exchange for students and researchers whose work includes a gender perspective. During this monthly series, researchers have the opportunity to discuss their work, meet peers from different disciplines at the Graduate Institute, as well as interact with other students, guest speakers and faculty members.
See the programme of this semester's Gender Seminar Series here.
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