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Breaking through the glass ceiling : women in management
Wirth, Linda.
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Geneva : International Labour Office, 2001.
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xvi, 186 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
1. Gender inequalities in the labour market and in society -- 2. Women in professional and managerial jobs -- 3. Improving women's qualifications and opportunities : a key element in breaking through the glass ceiling -- 4. At the workplace : career development in practice -- 5. Policies for promoting women in management -- 6. International action to promote equal employment opportunities.
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Women around the world have achieved higher levels of education than ever before and today represent more than 40 percent of the global workforce. Yet their share of management positions remains unacceptably low. This timely study reviews the changing position of women in the labor market and in professional and managerial work. It examines the obstacles to women's career development and the action taken to improve their opportunities and promote gender equality. This report discusses the earnings gap between men and women, as well as the occupational segregation that exists in management. It examines the situation of women managers in the area of public service as well as the financial, business, and banking sectors, while providing valuable figures and statistical information. Useful career strategies are offered including mentoring, networking, and career tracking approaches. This important study provides a vivid photograph of national and international efforts to improve genderequality in management.

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Linda Wirth is senior gender specialist in the ILO Bureau for Gender Equality.

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Wirth (senior gender specialist at the International Labour Office) provides a welcome international perspective on women in the workforce, focusing on managerial and professional employment. She provides well-articulated summaries of reasons to support gender equality, methods to achieve it, and difficulties encountered. Many tables of international comparisons are presented (e.g., women's share of jobs in various industries, women's earnings compared to men's, educational achievements of women and men), based on sources including the ILO and the UN. Finally, Wirth describes actions of international organizations to improve gender equality. Each chapter contains a summary and footnotes. Although this volume presents a good overview of a complex subject, with detail from many nations, there are some shortcomings for its use in research: countries included in one table are not necessarily in others; the lack of an index makes finding specific material difficult; there are no statistical measures of significance; and occasionally tables do not agree with the text. Those familiar with gender issues will not find much new in these summaries. For US readers, coverage of the problems, government policies, and achievements in other countries will probably provide new information and references. Appropriate for public and academic library collections, lower-division undergraduate through graduate. F. Reitman Pace University