Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management
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Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management

Getting In, Getting On, Getting Out

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management provides an international overview of current practice and theory surrounding gendered employment in management, illustrating the impact of gender on key stages of career development.
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Chapter 15: Women managers, careers and organizations

Viki Holton


The following quotes illustrate the current situation for women managers and are taken from recent research at Ashridge Business School, UK, into women’s careers (Holton and Dent, 2012a, 2012b): I’ve never experienced any discrimination in my career. Even in this organization – with excellent support and help – I have seen so many women who have slipped through the cracks and left. Until we designed and launched the women’s leadership programme there was nothing provided in development terms to help women develop their leadership style and appreciate the gender dimensions. The first, from a female board member of an IT multinational, highlights the ‘ideal’ situation. There are some outstandingly good organizations where women are provided with exactly the same opportunities as their male colleagues but these remain the minority. The other quotes indicate some of the problems that women encounter (all the quotes in this chapter are anonymous). For every organization that provides a good environment for women managers there are many others that do not offer such a good place to work.

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