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Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159
Currently published as: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

Online from: 1981

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Inequality between genders in the executive suite in corporate America: moral and ethical issues


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Title:Inequality between genders in the executive suite in corporate America: moral and ethical issues
Author(s):Dean Elmuti, (Professor of Management and Management Discipline Coordinator, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920, USA), Judith Lehman, (Judith Lehman is on the Master of Business Administration at Eastern Illinois University), Brandon Harmon, (Brandon Harmon is on the Master of Business Administration at Eastern Illinois University), Xiaoyan Lu, (Xiaoyan Lu is on the Master of Business Administration at Eastern Illinois University), Andrea Pape, (Andrea Pape is on the Master of Business Administration at Eastern Illinois University), Ren Zhang, (Ren Zhang is on the Master of Business Administration at Eastern Illinois University), Terad Zimmerle, (Terad Zimmerle is on the Master of Business Administration at Eastern Illinois University)
Citation:Dean Elmuti, Judith Lehman, Brandon Harmon, Xiaoyan Lu, Andrea Pape, Ren Zhang, Terad Zimmerle, (2003) "Inequality between genders in the executive suite in corporate America: moral and ethical issues", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 22 Iss: 2, pp.40 - 58
Keywords:Career advancement, Executive women, Gender’s role, Inequality, Stereotypes
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02610150310787351 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:We examined the role gender plays in managerial stereotypes and changes that have occurred in the US for executive women in the workforce. We also investigated factors and personality traits that affect advancement into upper management for all executives and those that affect women in particular. Despite increased organisational sensitivity, public policies, and equal rights legislation, women continue to be underrepresented in corporate America. Pay increases and promotions for females have not kept pace with those for men. Study results also indicate that managerial womenwho juggle jobs and family life benefit from these multiple roles, but women who put off marriage and family to build top-level careers suffer in later years from greatly reduced chances of finding spouses and having children. Further adaptation of organisational culture in the new economy, weakening of the glass ceiling phenomenon, and family friendly work policies may alleviate some of the difficulties experienced by women who want it all.



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