Date Approved


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Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Tsai-Sham Shen


The "glass ceiling" is a metaphor for examining gender disparities between men and women within the workplace. The disparity is particularly dominate in the domain of athletic administration. This study evaluates specific leadership characteristics and their relationship to gender stereotyping. It also examines perceptions that individuals have on leadership based off because athletic administration is specifically a male dominated domain there appears to be discrimination against women inducing a gender gap, and stunting their advancement into top level managerial positions.