ERIC Number: EJ870461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Reference Count: 22
Career Attainment among Healthcare Executives: Is the Gender Gap Narrowing?
Branin, Joan Julia
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2009 n2 2009
Health care occupations are expected to be among the fastest growing professions in the next ten years. With such incredible growth expected in employment and wages, and with women's participation in the industry remaining strong, are women in the health care industry, particularly those in health care administration, experiencing a narrowing of the gender gap? This paper briefly reviews various theories of career success as they relate to the gender gap in executive level positions in healthcare administration and synthesizes the findings of a longitudinal study of the career attainment and attitudes of male and female healthcare executives. For the first time in almost two decades, a positive trend has been seen in the career attainment of women in health care administration. A 2006 ACHE study found an increase in the proportion of women relative to men who achieve CEO status. Women and men have similar levels of experience and education and experience similar levels of satisfaction with their positions. These findings suggest an increased commitment by healthcare organizations to integrate more women into leadership positions and to make the organizational culture more family friendly. However despite having attained equal levels of education and experience, a gender gap in salary levels still exists. Although women have made progress in attaining executive level positions, organizational structural factors rather than human capital factors contribute to the gender gap within healthcare executive management.
Descriptors: Health Services, Organizational Culture, Industry, Gender Differences, Leadership, Professional Occupations, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Females, Human Capital, Social Change, Barriers
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