Women Of The Valley: Culture, Leadership, Gender, And Emotional Intelligence In Silicon Valley’S Prominent Female Leaders
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Silicon Valley has an infamous reputation for its lack of female leaders. The few women who have risen to power in the tech industry can attribute part of their successes to scarce female competition. Gender and leadership in business remain of considerable interest among researchers, particularly due to the underrepresentation of women in C-level leadership positions. This underrepresentation is even more prominent in Silicon Valley. The purpose of this thesis is to examine why four of Silicon Valley's most famous women became leaders, specifically in terms of emotional intelligence and prescribed gender traits. This thesis provides a qualitative analysis of the case studies of four female leaders, and results contribute to understanding the complex and dynamic intersections of gender, leadership, and the technology industry.