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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 21: The effect of race and migration on the managerial advancement of women

Charmine E.J. Härtel, Nasreen Sultana and Günter F. Härtel

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


Although the issue of women’s advancement into management positions has received considerable attention for some time, how women’s career experiences vary as a function of their other identity characteristics remains a largely unexplored topic area (Purdie-Vaughns and Eibach, 2008). This state of affairs means that much of what we know is based on studies of Western women, and fails to take into account the power and privilege hierarchies that make up any society (Pearce and Xu, 2010). In response to this gap in knowledge, this chapter reports on the findings of Australian research into women’s career experiences where the intersection of migrant status, race and gender is considered. In so doing, we add to the small literature available on women migrants (Ariss et al., 2010; Al Arissand Özbilgin, 2010) while at the same time providing a richer description of the diversity of women and their career barriers and facilitators.

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