Post print of: Ryan, C, Pini, B & Brown, KA 2005, 'Beyond stereotypes: an exploratory profile of Australian women mayors', Local Government Studies, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 433-448.
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Women continue to be under-represented in senior positions in local government. This study draws on interviews with 19 women mayors who held office in the Australian state of Queensland during the period 2000–2004. The paper finds that the profiles of women in these positions has markedly changed over the last decade, and concludes that if the local government sector is to remain robust and viable in these changing social and economic times there is a need to focus on dismantling the stereotypes and implement well-designed and considered strategies to develop women leaders.