Getting In, Getting On, Getting Out
Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden
Chapter 10: Breaking down barriers
Career barriers faced by women are discussed in other chapters of this book and elsewhere. This chapter focuses on how to break down gender-related barriers from a change management perspective. In a meta-analytic study of predictors of career success, Ng et al. (2005) found different predictors for objective and subjective measures of success. Attention here is on objective career success (for example, career advancement such as promotions or pay raises) rather than on subjective career success (for example, job satisfaction or work engagement). Specifically, being female is negatively related to the objective career success measures of higher salaries and promotions (ibid.). Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business provides specific action steps that companies and their CEOs, women and public policy officials can take to advance women in business (Adams and Idea Exchange Writing Collaborative, 2012). The notable conclusion of this study is that a concerted effort is necessary by multiple parties to make substantive change (see the Appendix at the end of the chapter).
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