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Learning Gender: The Effects of Gender-Role Stereotypes on Women’s Lifelong Learning and Career Advancement Opportunities

Joyce Silberstang

in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390483
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390483.013.0122

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Learning Gender: The Effects of Gender-Role Stereotypes on Women’s Lifelong Learning and Career Advancement Opportunities

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The effects of gender-role stereotypes on women’s lifelong learning, earning, and career advancement opportunities are examined. It is proposed that “learning gender” is a critical component of lifelong learning. Based on a review of the literature, it was concluded that gender-role stereotypes create impediments for girls and women worldwide in terms of access to education, the topics they choose to study, and their career choices. These stereotypes also result in large and inequitable disparities in women’s pay, promotion, and career advancement opportunities. Recommendations for actions that individuals, organizations, and society can take to remedy the inequities and “shatter” the glass ceiling are provided. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the challenges inherent in promoting changes within a gendered society.

Keywords: gender; women; gender-role stereotypes; lifelong learning; work; pay; promotion; career advancement; discrimination; glass ceiling

Article.  13363 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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