ERIC Number: ED217505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Women in Management: Implications for Communication Researchers.
Stewart, Lea P.
The role of "woman manager" is confusing at best. On the one hand, the woman manager is told to forget that she is a woman; on the other, she is advised to cultivate feminine qualities to achieve managerial positions in departments where these qualities are valued. Women's participation in management increased slowly. Whereas one-third of the work force is made up of women, less than 2 percent are business executives. Although a number of studies demonstrate that there are no differences of any consequence to management between the mental, motivational, or physical capabilities of men and women, there is discrimination against women in business and government organizations. Stereotypic prejudgment is especially acute in the area of promotions. Although it is evident that women are not advancing in organizational hierarchies as fast as men, it is unclear whether this differential advancement is due to bias, discrimination, choice, or inexperience. If the study of women as managers is to lead to any meaningful insights into gender differences, then there are at least four issues that must be addressed: (1) differentiating highly mobile managers from less mobile managers, (2) differentiating promotion from advancement, (3) determining the effects of the "velvet ghetto," and (4) determining the effects of communication on the advancement of women in organizations. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Hartford, CT, May 6-9, 1982).