Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 18: Visioning Muslim women leaders and organisational leadership in the twenty-first century

Shirley Anne Tate and Naheed Arshad-Mather


Muslim women managers’ employment progression is shaped by the broader societal context of Islamophobia and racialised gendering as well as by their experience, skills, aptitudes and qualifications. The chapter draws on data from research in Yorkshire and the Humber in the United Kingdom with Muslim women managers and some of their senior management mentors on the Get Connected Programme, on the theme of barriers to progression. The data were collected through questionnaires, individual reflections and focus groups from March 2010 to March 2011. The analysis looks at barriers to progression based on the macro/micro levels of ‘racialised gendering’, the meso level of organisational power and networking which lead to ‘role ghettoisation’ and, finally, values, which lead to a glass ceiling for Muslim women managers even within workplaces which espouse diversity. The conclusion looks briefly at shared leadership as a way forward for dealing with lack of progression for Muslim women managers that emerged from the research study.

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