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Women in Leadership – Dismantling the Gender Myths

Science Communication
Women in Leadership – Dismantling the Gender Myths
Event Description

Society is plagued with unhelpful and extreme stereotypes of leadership, from the myth that men make better leaders or that there is a masculine or feminine style of leadership. This not only disadvantages women but also men, creating unrealistic expectations.

In this session, Professor Karise Hutchinson and Professor Pragya Agarwal examine the latest science in neuroscience and emotions to challenge and disrupt some of the myths around leadership, as well as look at the way women leaders have been represented in film and television. Come along and look at how we can create a new model of leadership that works for everyone, one that goes beyond power suits and mantras such as 'you can have it all'.

Come along and be part of the conversation and leave with one or two practical tool to put the science into action!


Pragya Agarwal is the author of four widely acclaimed non-fiction books including SWAY, (M)OTHERHOOD and HYSTERICAL and winner of Transmission Prize for making 'complex scientific ideas accessible'. Pragya has held senior academic posts around the globe and is currently a visiting professor of social inequities at Loughborough University and a visiting fellow at University of Oxford. In 2024-25, she will be a Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge and a Fulbright Scholar at University of California-Irvine. Pragya has also written widely for The Guardian, New Scientist, Prospect, Wired and so on, and gives talks to organisations and institutions around the world. She was born in India, and has lived and worked in the UK and USA. She currently lives in Ireland with her family.

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