Women in the senior executive service of the United States federal government: An exploratory quantitative investigation

by Dickerson, Crystal Aisha, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 141 pages; 3419162


There has not been a lot of research conducted on women’s role in the SES level of the federal government and the reasons they stay or choose to leave. More research is needed in this area to provide a blueprint for women in the federal government who have the aspiration to advance into these leadership roles. Surveys were sent to 889 women, and 92 were returned for this quantitative research study. Survey participants worked in the Washington, DC commuting area. Correlation and regression was used to explore relationships among and between demographic (seniority and location, age, race, level of authority and responsibility, and education) and career-progression variables (representation of women in the SES, federal career satisfaction, glass ceiling, public service motivation, positive advancement factors, and negative advancement factors). The data was not reliable, although there was some significance in some of the results. The results of this survey should give federal leaders insight on increasing the amount of females in the SES. Also, this will enable women with the aspirations to reach the SES level as far as reaching out to mentors and applying for higher positions of responsibility.

AdviserBarbara Bailey
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsWomen's studies; Management; Political Science
Publication Number3419162

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