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The Gendered Economy
Work, Careers, and Success


July 1991 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
As high-level managers and key decision makers, women have enjoyed some upward movement in the workplace. But are these advances enough? Indeed, how much headway have women made beyond management positions of low pay and little authority? The Gendered Economy explores those factors that impede or facilitate women's advancement in business and professions in the United States. Concerned about the need for improving the status of women within the U.S. economy, Rita Mae Kelly provides a comprehensive overview of women's historical and current position within the U.S. legal and economic systems, highlighting how the traditional roles of wife and mother have heavily influenced the current status and position of women in society. Specifically, The Gendered Economy examines socialization and career paths--the interaction between what women see as possible and work toward and what society allows and facilitates; calls attention to the organizational and societal supports available for women; and finishes with a case study of how the gendered economy is manifested in one state--Arizona. Written for undergraduates in women's studies, sociology, and psychology, this immensely practical volume also assists those pursuing careers as leaders or managers. "This book is a comprehensive overview of the sociological, psychological, legal, and political issues of a gendered economy. A must for women's better development of their identity in our complex society." --Carolyn Desjardins, National Institute for Leadership "This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of women's status in our national economy. Of special value is its use of state data to support its major contentions. --Naomi Lynn, Georgia State University "Kelly offers a comprehensive overview of the place of women in the U.S. economy and the factors that impede or facilitate women's advancement in business and the professions. Among other topics, Kelly assesses the impact of sex-role ideology and socialization on gender differences in workplace aspirations, behaviors, and achievements. She also examines the role of business and government in incorporating women into the economic system as leaders and managers. The last section of the book presents a case study of how the gendered economy manifests itself in Arizona:Kelly discusses state laws, demographic characteristics, and profiles of influential women in politics and business." --Contemporary Psychology

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE IMPACT OF CULTURE AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURE
 
Sex Role Ideology, the Constitution and Gender Equality in the Labor Force
 
Women, the Economy, and Careers
 
PART TWO: SEX, GENDER, STEREOTYPES, AND SUCCESS
 
Gender Culture and Socialization
with Phoebe Morgan Stambaugh
Sex-Role Spillover
Personal, Familial, and Organizational Roles  
with Marcia Cech-Soucy
Gender, Success, and Behavioral/Leadership Styles
 
Careers
Linking Individuals to Organizations  
 
PART THREE: ALTERNATIVES FOR CHANGE
with Kimberly Fisher
The Role of the Government and Business
with Deborah De Paoli
Balancing the Scales of Justice
Alternatives for Integrating Women's Personal Lives into the US Economy  
 
PART FOUR: A CASE STUDY - WOMEN AND THE ECONOMY IN ARIZONA
with Marcia Cech-Soucy, Deborah De Paoli and Kimberly Fisher
Women, Work, and Careers in Arizona
 
Consensus Statements and Recommendations of the Fifth Arizona Women's Town Hall

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