Women, Business and Leadership
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Women, Business and Leadership

Gender and Organisations

Edited by Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Cary Cooper and Caroline Gatrell

This timely and comprehensive book analyses the role of women in leadership from both managerial and socio-emotional perspectives. The authors review the issues that affect real women in business and evaluate what can be done to support and develop women managers. Chapters explore topics such as the stereotyping of leading women, gender equality and discrimination, the glass ceiling and barriers to promotion, the work/home conflict, the gender pay gap and job insecurity, female authority and career development.
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Chapter 16: Pregnancy in the workplace: the role of stigmas, discrimination, and identity management

Pamela L. Perrewé, Shanna R. Daniels, Kaylee J. Hackney and Liam Maher

Abstract

This chapter develops a conceptual model of pregnancy in the workplace and examines multi-level factors that can lead to stigmas and discrimination against pregnant employees. The authors argue that covering demands, stigmatized identities, and perceptions of discrimination will lead pregnant employees to engage in concealing and covering behaviors at work. Societal factors which include cultural norms and stereotypes affect the organizational culture and the covering demands put upon those who do not fit the prototypical employee. When employees engage in concealing and covering behaviors, these identity management strategies can deplete self-regulatory resources and lead to feelings of inauthenticity which affect personal and work outcomes.

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