College of Arts and Sciences

Alice Eagly

Alice Eagly, COAS Distinguished Lecturer, Northwestern University

Distinguished Lecturers

"Women as Leaders: Negotiating the Labyrinth"
Alice Eagly
Professor of Psychology and of Management and Organizations
Northwestern University

Tuesday, March 20

Cohosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, and Women's Studies Program
Sponsored in part by the Addison Locke Roache Memorial Lecture Fund

In many nations, women have gained considerable access to leadership roles and are increasingly praised for having excellent skills for leadership. In fact, women, somewhat more than men, manifest leadership styles associated with effective performance as a leader. Nevertheless, more people prefer male than female bosses, and research has demonstrated that women can still face impediments to attaining leadership roles and barriers to success as occupants of these roles. This mix of women’s apparent advantages and disadvantages reflects progress toward gender equality as well as the lack of attainment of this goal.


Alice Eagly is professor of psychology and of management and organizations, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, and faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She has also held faculty positions at Michigan State University, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan and her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College of Harvard University.

Her research interests include the study of gender, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping, and leadership. She is the author of several books and numerous journal articles, chapters in edited books, and reviews, commentaries, and encyclopedia articles. Her most recent book is Through the Labyrinth: The Truth about How Women Become Leaders, co-authored with Linda Carli.

Professor Eagly has served as chair or president of professional associations such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, and the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association. She has also received several awards for her contributions, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology, the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Psychology, the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award for contributions to the psychology of women, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.