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Gendering At Work

Cecilia L. Ridgeway

in Framed by Gender

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755776
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755776.003.0004
Gendering At Work

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Chapter 4 describes how the effects of gender stereotypes on social relations (Chapter 3) reproduce gender inequality in paid work. The gender frame interacts with the institutional frame of work organizations to shape preferred worker images, the job-matching process between workers and employers, and workplace relations and culture. These effects contribute to sex segregation in jobs and the gender gap in wages and authority. Implicit biases triggered by the gender frame create the glass ceiling for women at the top and a maternal wall for mothers in the workplace. Workplace relations that are implicitly biased by the gender frame infuse gendered meanings into new workplace procedures and structures that actors create, and these gendered arrangements persist through organizational inertia.

Keywords: job matching; organizations; preferred worker; implicit bias; sex segregation; wage gap; glass ceiling; maternal wall; stereotype bias

Chapter.  14324 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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