Gender, Power, and Social Exchange

  • Linda D. Molm
  • Mark Hedley


One of the most basic indicators of gender inequality is the distribution of power between men and women. Across time, across societies, and across a wide range of settings, men have greater power than women. They have greater access to, and control over, valued resources, and they have greater formal power, embedded in positions of authority and codified in law.


Social Exchange American Sociological Review Power Imbalance Power Strategy Power Position 
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