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 18: Shattering the stained glass ceiling: women leaders in the Church of England

Caroline Gatrell and Nigel Peyton

Abstract

This chapter considers the position of women employed as religious leaders in the Church of England. A Christian institution with an historic gender bar, it finally ordained women as priests in 1994 and admitted women into the senior office of bishop in 2014. The gradual advance of women into ordination and a growing range of leadership roles in the life of the Church of England at the turn of the millennium are described, drawing on the authors’ ongoing research into contemporary clergy life experiences. As Church office holders, clergy remain outside UK equality and employment legislation. Minority traditionalist opposition to women clergy persists and the breakthrough of women into a previously all-male professional space has been achieved at a personal cost. There is a way yet to go in cultivating and achieving gender parity in the leadership of the English national Church, itself challenged by secularism and cultural diversity.

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