Women’s impact on women’s careers in management: Queen Bees, female misogyny, negative intra-relations and solidarity behaviours

Mavin, Sharon and Williams, Jannine (2013) Women’s impact on women’s careers in management: Queen Bees, female misogyny, negative intra-relations and solidarity behaviours. In: Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers. Elgar original reference . Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 178-195. ISBN 978-0857938954

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the contradictions which undermine solidarity behaviour between women in organizations, it critiques the perpetuation of the senior woman as queen bee (Abramson, 1975; Staines et al., 1973) and progresses research into the concept of female misogyny (Mavin,2006a) and women’s negative intra-relations(Mavin and Williams, 2011)within the context of senior women’s career positioning. Research into female misogyny and women’s negative intra-relations offers alternative understandings as to why senior women in organizations are blamed for not supporting other women in their careers and why senior women are often perceived as ‘too male’ and/or the wrong type of career role models for other women. The argument here is that as senior women attempt to navigate the complexities of being both women and managers in the gendered context of senior management, they face misogyny, including female misogyny, and negative evaluations from men and other women in management.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity and management, gender and management, organisational behaviour
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
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Depositing User: Sharon Mavin
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 09:50
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 15:10
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/15287

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