Female mentorship

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Female mentorship is the mentoring of women by women to further their career and development prospects.[1][2][3][4][5] A female mentor is sometimes called a femtor.[6]

Rhodes Project[edit]

The Rhodes Project, which examines the experience of female Rhodes Scholars, was created in 2004 by Ann Olivarius.[7] Rhodes Scholars are chosen from around the world for graduate study at the University of Oxford. The project showcases research on the lack of career-support networks, based on interviews and data from female Rhodes Scholars who were born in the 1950s to 1980s and who earned graduate and professional degrees until the early 2000s.[7][8] The project is interested in how this data reflects the current situation of women. One interviewee told the researchers: "It would have been helpful to really know to what extent things still haven’t changed for women. ... How I would have handled situations might have been different if I had understood what was going on behind the scenes. The blatant examples are something that you deal with but it’s the subtle things and understanding those that I would have worked through differently."[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pamela J. Kalbfleisch, Joann Keyton, "Power and Equality in Mentoring Relationships," in Pamela J. Kalbfleisch, Michael J. Cody (eds.), Gender, Power, and Communication in Human Relationships, Routledge, 2012, pp. 189–212.
  2. ^ Lori D. Patton, "My Sister's Keeper: A Qualitative Examination of Mentoring Experiences among African American Women in Graduate and Professional Schools," The Journal of Higher Education, 80(5), Sept–Oct 2009, pp. 510–537. JSTOR 27750743
  3. ^ Shannon Portillo, "Mentoring Minority and Female Students: Recommendations for Improving Mentoring in Public Administration and Public Affairs Programs," Journal of Public Affairs Education, 13(1), Winter 2007, pp. 103–113. JSTOR 40215772
  4. ^ Gabrielle Bernstein (2 November 2011). "Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection". Huffingtonpost.
  5. ^ Erin Ganju, "What 'Star Wars' can teach you about the importance of mentorship", Fortune, 17 June 2015.
  6. ^ Ruth Nicole Brown, Between empowerment and marginalization, University of Michigan (doctoral thesis), 2005, pp. 101–104.
  7. ^ a b Rudy, Susan (November 25, 2014). "The Rhodes Project: Celebrating many versions of what women can be". Oxford Human Rights Club.
  8. ^ "Our Mission". The Rhodes Project. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  9. ^ Susan Rudy and Kate Blackmon. "'I wish I'd had a female mentor': what Rhodes Scholars say about the lack of change for women". Rhodes Project. Rhodes Project. Archived from the original (web) on December 9, 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.

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