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 21: Glass doors or sealed borders? Careers of veiled Muslim women in Lebanon

Yusuf M. Sidani


The Lebanese working environment still feeds the stereotype that veiled Muslim women (VMW) are not fit for most work arrangements, which leads to significant obstacles hampering their career advancement. The author uses the ‘sealed borders’ metaphor to explain the status of those women. The ‘glass door’ metaphor has been used in Western scholarship to describe mostly implicit and hidden arrangements that bar women from entering into a certain domain or company. Yet in the case of the VMW in Lebanon, those arrangements are often visible and unambiguous. The author argues that Lebanese organizations need to pay further attention to this demographic segment, as hiring VMW as part of a diverse workforce is the right thing to do from both ethical and pragmatic perspectives. Beyond what organizations need to do, there are several things that need to be done by VMW themselves in order to penetrate the sealed borders put in their paths.

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