Garthwait Leadership Center
Garthwait Leadership Center

Women's Leadership Track

The Women’s Leadership Track of the Leadership Certificate prepares all of students who identify as women at Gettysburg College to develop essential leadership skills and knowledge to successfully lead in whatever path or career they choose to pursue.

The Problem

Despite the significant advances women have gained in the United States over the past several decades, women continue to be unequally represented in most professional fields. For example, as of 2014, only 5% of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and only 18.5% of all seats in Congress are held by women. Furthermore, recent statistics show that women earn only 77% of what a man makes in the same position, and even less so for black and Hispanic women, in nearly every professional field. This also holds true for women college graduates, who only earn 82% of what their male counterparts earn in the same jobs one year after graduation. While a single explanation for these staggering statistics does not exist, studies suggest that a combination of cultural and structural barriers, as well as personal realities and familial obligations, tend to hold women back from succeeding.

Women’s Leadership Education

Research conducted by the American Association of University Women demonstrates that women’s leadership in the workplace, and in all aspects of a woman’s life, is contingent on exposure to leadership development at the college level.  In order to encourage and support women and girls to become leaders in our communities and society, and thus overcome the gender gap, women students need to be exposed to leadership skill-building, education, and mentoring before graduating from college.

The Garthwait Leadership Center, in conjunction with the Gettysburg College Women’s Center and Dr. Stephanie Sellers, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments, offers a unique, skill-based program to teach women students the fundamentals of leadership aupported within the Leadership Certificate curriculum through a gender lens. This track emphasizes teaching participants how to recognize and address some of the cultural and structural barriers to women’s leadership, and provides participants with the skills to overcome common issues often faced by women in the workplace. 

Program Components Include:

  • Women's Leadership Retreat
  • 6 Fundamentals of Leadership sessions
  • 3 small group discussions (1 in fall and 2 in spring)
  • Peer coaching sessions
  • Presentation at the Annual Leadership Certificate Showcase 

Important Dates:

  • Women's Leadership Retreat, Saturday, September 13, 2014 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Women's Discussion 1: Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. 
  • Annual Leadership Showcase: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For additional information, please contact the Garthwait Leadership Center at 


Gettysburg College Women’s Center

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Lean In.Org


Similar Women’s Leadership Programs and Organizations

The Eisenhower Institute’s Women in Leadership Program

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

Athena Center for Leadership

National Organization for Women


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