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The impact of gendered organizational systems on women’s career advancement

Authors
  • O’Neil, Deborah A.1
  • Hopkins, Margaret M.2
  • 1 Department of Management, College of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA
  • 2 Department of Management, College of Business and Innovation, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Jun 30, 2015
Volume
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00905
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Psychology
  • Perspective
License
Green

Abstract

In this Perspective article we propose that in order to pave the way for women’s career advancement into the senior ranks of organizations, attention must be directed at the systemic norms and structures that drive the gendered nature of the workplace. A focus on individual level issues, i.e., women lacking confidence and women opting out, detracts from the work that must be done at the organizational level in order to dismantle the system of pervasive, structural disadvantage facing women seeking to advance to senior leadership positions.

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