Women and career between gender stereotypes and work family roles. A psychosocial analysis

Author/s Angela Fedi, Lara Colombo, Lara Bertola, Chiara Rollero
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/148 Language Italian
Pages 21 P. 113-133 File size 138 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2017-148007
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In the Western world, the differences between men and women career’s pattern still remain: women are clearly underrepresented in leadership roles and their career is blocked in intermediary positions. Women’s careers tend to be nonlinear, disjointed, interrupted and fulfil of obstacles, tied up in the struggle to juggle between work and life. Using the Role Congruity Theory (Eagly and Karau, 2002) and the work-life-balance, as a conceptual framework, the purpose of this study was to understand the difficulties that women may encounter in the course of their occupational career linked to gender stereotypes, organizational aspects and the factors that influence their work-life-balance. In depth-interviews were undertaken with 15 middle managers and senior managers women. The study aims to investigate: gender stereotypes within the workplace and how this may have affected professional and personal choices. The interviews analysis was carried out using software Atlasti 6.0.

Keywords: Women, career, gender stereotypes, work-life balance

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Angela Fedi, Lara Colombo, Lara Bertola, Chiara Rollero, Donne e carriera tra stereotipi di genere e conciliazione lavoro-famiglia. Un’analisi psico-sociale in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 148/2017, pp 113-133, DOI: 10.3280/SL2017-148007