ERIC Number: ED341896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Changing Role of Women in Business: A Study of Sex-Role Stereotyping.
Statistics indicate that women are steadily moving into formerly male-dominated professional and managerial jobs. Overall, women are making progress into professional jobs for which education is a major prerequisite. Traditionally, sex roles in society have been socially constructed. According to the perceived stereotypical response, males and females develop appropriate traits that are different and therefore the behaviors and tasks performed by both are basically separate. This perceived condition is the result of a deeply entrenched pervasive culture that keeps women defined not by their intellectual capabilities but rather by their childbearing abilities and by their status as companions for men. One method of researching the actual and perceived differences between men and women has been achieved by researching androgyny. It is presumed that androgynous people have in their repertoire a broader array of effective behavioral options to use across situations than people using traditional sex role behaviors. Androgyny has not worked in the business setting due to society's stereotypical responses to women who become too aggressive and men who become too sensitive. One solution to correct the problems caused by gender inequalities in the workplace may be to accept the concept of comparable worth, which holds that pay should be the same for jobs that require comparable skills, efforts, and responsibilities. Studying other methods to eliminate the "glass ceiling" in organizations is another possible solution. Another solution is to find new methods to communicate in order to eliminate traditional stereotypical roles. Equal roles for men and women are forthcoming, but only after years of hard work and education. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
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