ERIC Number: ED332356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Networking: How To Permeate the Glass Ceiling--Some Highlights from Recent Studies of Networking among Women.
Johnson, Janet R.
A noticeable discrepancy continues to exist between the number of professional men and women who hold similarly ranked, higher level positions in educational administration, a phenomenon sometimes called the "glass ceiling." The potential of networking as a strategy for overcoming the gender gap is explored in this paper. Networking is viewed as a career enhancement strategy, an information system to provide and receive support. Obstacles to female participation in networks include lack of time and information, socialization factors, and undervaluing network utility. The inherent organizational structure of the system, however, remains a major barrier to women's advancement. Suggested solutions center on women developing their leadership skills and learning practical political strategies. Points for engaging in meaningful networks are offered. Networking is viewed as a tool for change, which is adaptable to individual women's characteristics, goals, and backgrounds. (18 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Glass Ceiling
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).