Women as Leaders in Kinesiology and Beyond: Smashing Through the Glass Obstacles

Lynda B. Ransdell

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Amy Morris Homans was a great champion for women's pursuit of leadership in physical education and sport. In honor of her legacy, the purpose of this article is to: (a) discuss some defining leadership characteristics of Amy Morris Homans; (b) examine leadership issues related to gender; (c) examine leadership issues related to kinesiology; and (d) delineate ways to overcome leadership obstacles related to both gender and kinesiology. In true Amy Morris Homans fashion, I draw from multiple perspectives to discuss these topics. I hope that this discussion at the congress challenges scholars to increase their awareness of the glass obstacles that confront our field, and design research studies on gender- and kinesiology-specific leadership challenges that will shatter those obstacles once and for all. If a new generation of women and men who champion women's pursuit of and longevity in leadership roles is inspired, this lecture has been a success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-168
Number of pages19
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Leadership
  • female
  • glass ceiling
  • implicit bias
  • social psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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