Publication Date

Summer 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

John Baker (Director), Lester Archer, and Joseph Cangemi

Degree Program

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of possible factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in Chinese media through their lived experience. The 10 participants in this study were from large media organizations in Beijing. The results of this study indicate Balancing work and family and Chinese traditional culture can be considered as the external possible factors of the barriers women leaders encountered in Beijing large media organizations; the negative influence of traditional culture on Chinese women, which refers to women’s low self-evaluation and negative self-awareness, can be taken as the possible internal factors of barriers Beijing media women leaders encounter in media organizations. One way to improve the situation Chinese women leaders face is to weaken the negative influence of traditional culture on Chinese women.


Communication | Educational Leadership | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Leadership Studies