Date of Award


Call Number

TD171 .P63 2013

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy


Muskie School of Public Service

First Advisor

Barbara Fraumeni, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Lisa Morris, Ph.D

Third Advisor

RuthAnne Spence, Ph.D


Women and environmentalism, environmental challenges, effective leadership of nonprofit policy advocacy organizations


This study takes a phenomenological and grounded theory approach to the exploration of women's leadership in environmental advocacy organizations, a relatively new but growing phenomenon in the U.S. environmental movement. The findings are drawn from interviews with 12 women who led state-level ,nonprofit environmental advocacy organization across the United States in 2010-2011. The study analyzes these leaders' perspectives on what it means to be effective in their roles as organizational and policy leaders and what challenges they face as women leaders in their work. The study is relevant to public policy because of the insights it provides on how women's experiences and priorities are shaping the direction of environmental policymaking through their roles as advocacy leaders.