Beyond the Double Bind: Women & Leadership
Barber, Wendy, Herizons
BEYOND THE DOUBLE BIND: WOMEN & LEADERSHIP
"When I became head of the physical and health education department, I was unaware of the double binds this leadership role would thrust upon me." Jamieson's book looks at these Catch 22 situations, by examining their roots in theology, biology, morality and the law. Although her book concentrates on the political aspects of leadership, most of us can identify with the double binds in our lives and in our workplaces.
Jamieson identifies five major binds affecting women: * Women can exercise their wombs or their brains, but not both. * Women who speak out are immodest and will be shamed, while women who are silent will be ignored or dismissed. * Women are subordinate whether they claim to be different from men or the * same. * Women who are considered feminine will be judged incompetent, judged unfeminine. * As men age, they gain wisdom and power; as women age, they wrinkle and become superfluous.
Jamieson describes how each of these double binds has affected women, particularly in the American political genre. My favorite chapter, `Hilary Clinton as Rorschach Test', cites the now famous response to her career aspirations when she noted that she could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas. This statement initiated political discussion and took up headline space for weeks, suggesting Clinton was threat to stay-at-home mothers. …