- Top management
- Women and management
- Women and leadership
- Diversity in management
- Gender discrimination in management
- Equal Pay Act
- Civil Rights Act
- Glass ceiling
Women in the management position within corporate organizations.
The presence of few women in the top management position is not a recent phenomenon and women have been discriminated in the workplace (Hoobler, Lemmon, & Wayne, 2011). Women are discriminated during recruitment processes and even with regards to the compensation that they receive. This discrimination has been extended to the leadership positions within the organization, and as a result, there are only a few women leaders in the middle and top level managements in many organizations. This has come a long with low motivation and low productivity among the female members of staff, and as a result, limited performance within these corporate organizations.
Despite the presence of Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, gender discrimination in the workplace have remained widespread in the place of work (Hoobler, Lemmon, & Wayne, 2011). Women are incessantly underrepresented in the top management positions in corporate organizations, and this has come along with negative impacts on these organizations. This has made women in these organizations believe that rising to such top leadership positions in these corporations is unachievable, leading to the low motivation among women in the workplace. There are also several social and cultural factors that prevent women from rising to top management positions, for example, female discrimination. As a result, organizations have failed to benefit from the opportunities that are presented by women through their leadership roles. In this regard, it is necessary to explore the socio-cultural factors leading to the presence of few women in top management within corporate organizations, as well as its negative impacts in organizations.
A lot of research have been done in the absence of women in the senior management and top leadership positions and the senior management positions in corporate organizations. There a lot of progress in the number of women in the workplace, there has also been an increase in the number of women in the leadership position. However, the number of women who act as presidents and chief executive officers remain limited in the US (Hoobler, Lemmon, & Wayne, 2011). There has been a lot of desegregation of occupations, however, the glass ceiling remains and continues to bar women from rising into top leadership within corporate organizations in both the public and private sectors.
There are several benefits that are associated with the presence of women in the top management positions, for example, organizations that observe gender equality even in the top management positions are associated with increased productivity and high performance (Hoobler, Lemmon, & Wayne, 2011). This is because the success of an organization does not only depend on its product line, but also on the signal that it sends to the internal and external constituencies. Besides, diversity in leadership contributes to increased productivity among the members of staff. This topic aim at providing insight into the causes and barriers to the presence of women in the top management positions in corporate organizations, and therefore, it aims at promoting the presence of more women in top management, for the sake of increased productivity of these corporations.
Hoobler, J. M., Lemmon, G., & Wayne, S. J. (2011). Women’s underrepresentation in upper management: New insights on a persistent problem. Organizational Dynamics, 40, 151—156.
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