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Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers

Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers

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Edited by Susan Vinnicombe, Ronald J. Burke, Stacy Blake-Beard and Lynda L. Moore

In a changing world where women have dominated as graduates from universities in the West, recent research has shown that the same trend is also strikingly evident in the newly emerging markets. Tapping into this female talent pool is extremely important and advancing women’s careers has become a key business issue. This Handbook lays out a number of promising approaches. First the business case for doing so is presented. The challenges facing women are reviewed, followed by various programs that address particular needs such as mentoring, leadership development programs for women, work and family initiatives, and succession planning. Finally, case studies of award-winning organizational initiatives are described.

Chapter 8: Women’s impact on women’s careers in management: queen bees, female misogyny, negative intra-relations and solidarity behaviours

Sharon Mavin and Jannine Williams

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, gender and management, organisational behaviour


This chapter focuses on the contradictions which undermine solidarity behaviour between women in organizations, it critiques the perpetuation of the senior woman as queen bee (Abramson, 1975; Staines et al., 1973) and progresses research into the concept of female misogyny (Mavin,2006a) and women’s negative intra-relations(Mavin and Williams, 2011)within the context of senior women’s career positioning. Research into female misogyny and women’s negative intra-relations offers alternative understandings as to why senior women in organizations are blamed for not supporting other women in their careers and why senior women are often perceived as ‘too male’ and/or the wrong type of career role models for other women. The argument here is that as senior women attempt to navigate the complexities of being both women and managers in the gendered context of senior management, they face misogyny, including female misogyny, and negative evaluations from men and other women in management.

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