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 25: Lifetime disadvantage requires lifetime solutions

Susan Bisom-Rapp and Malcolm Sargeant

Abstract

This chapter summarizes the disadvantage and discrimination that women can suffer during their working lives. The authors use their own model of lifetime discrimination and disadvantage to focus on those gender based and incremental disadvantage factors that lead to inequities in later life. These include issues relating to education and training, gender stereotyping and caregiving, as well as those related to pay inequality, occupational segregation, non-standard working and retirement. The authors draw upon resources to illustrate these issues in the USA and the UK/EU. Their aim is ultimately to show the inadequacy in the way that the law has been used to tackle these issues. They criticize the approach adopted by legal reformers as one of disjointed incrementalism. Governments have approached this issue incrementally and taken many initiatives to tackle individual issues, but, although improvements have happened, there still remains an unfairness and inequity which results in women in later life being less well placed than their male counterparts.

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