Overcoming Fear, Fostering Courage and Unleashing Candour
New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Cary L. Cooper
Chapter 11: Can you hear us now? Women and voice in the workplace
Of all the workplace changes over the last half-century, perhaps none has redefined organizational life more than the increased presence of women in the workforce. Between 1967 and 2009, the number of women employed full-time rose 28 percent (US Census Bureau, 2010). Women in supervisory and managerial positions have increased by over 18 percent in the US and 7 percent in Canada (Catalyst, 2012a, 2012b) during the last 25 years, and women at the top levels of organizations – though still lagging men – is now almost 16 percent as compared to less than 9 percent as recently as 1995 (Catalyst, 2012c). Not surprisingly, organizational researchers have taken note of women’s increased participation in the workforce and have generated countless studies to identify and measure the impact their presence creates. Of particular importance to those of us who study the intersection of gender and work, is how women make a difference not just through their prescribed organizational roles, but through their extra-role behavior, as well.
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