Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2002

Women and Power: Stories From Around the Globe

by Kathleen L. McGinn, Alexis Lefort and Nicole Nasser

Abstract

This case uses vignettes and statistics of the broader issue discussed in each vignette to explore some of the ways in which gender is played out in the struggle for power and control. Disenfranchised groups--those not allowed access to critical resources--have little access to power. In many countries, women represent one of these disenfranchised groups. Women around the world are disproportionately denied access to employment, education, religious freedoms, many traditional routes to business funding, collective action, and social welfare. The vignettes explore ways in which inroads to equality are being made on new, innovative paths. Even mainstream approaches to accessing critical resources are becoming more gender neutral. The vignettes and statistics are meant to be illustrative rather than exhaustive.

Keywords: Equality and Inequality; Gender Characteristics; Power and Influence;

Citation:

McGinn, Kathleen L., Alexis Lefort, and Nicole Nasser. "Women and Power: Stories From Around the Globe." Harvard Business School Case 902-203, March 2002.