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Women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions throughout the world. Yet, studies show that the exclusion of women from politics and public service negatively impacts the public good. Identifying women's leadership as the economic and moral imperative of our time, this Article explores the way in which greater representation of women in leadership positions yields beneficial results for both women and men, as well as social and economic progress. By examining the reasons for the substantial barriers women face in obtaining such positions, including the masculinization of politics, gendered caregiving responsibilities, and gender violence, this Article concludes that unless women have full and equal participation in policymaking, the full promise of development and democracy will never be fulfilled.

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UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs

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18 UCLA J. Int'l L. & For. Aff. 87 (2013), reprinted in GENDER, POWER, LAW & LEADERSHIP (Hannah Brenner & Renee Knake eds., West Academic forthcoming 2020)