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A maze of metaphors around glass ceilings

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Abstract


  • Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to review many of the diverse metaphors and labels

    that are used to highlight insights into glass ceilings – the obstacles hindering women

    reaching the top levels of organizations.

    Design/methodology/approach - The development of metaphors and labels related to

    theories about the causes and consequences of glass ceilings are discussed. They are classified

    according to whether or not they infer women play a role in creating glass ceilings.

    Findings - We conclude most metaphor-linked explanations focus on discrimination and

    prejudice towards women seeking leadership positions. A small number of metaphors target

    characteristics of women as causes for the gender inequality in leadership and upper

    management.

    Practical implications – Even though there is a plethora of metaphors highlighting obstacles

    and prejudice against women leaders and several metaphors have been part of the popular

    lexicon for at least three decades, metaphors do not appear to have greatly helped to quicken

    the dismantling of glass ceilings.

    Originality/value - This is a unique approach to reviewing literature in this area.

    Keywords - Glass ceilings, Metaphors, Leadership, Gender differences, Women's careers

UOW Authors


  •   Smith, Paul A. (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Crittenden, Nadia (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Smith, P., Caputi, P. & Crittenden, N. (2012). A maze of metaphors around glass ceilings. Gender in Management, 27 (7), 436-448.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866723027

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4091&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3039

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 436

End Page


  • 448

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to review many of the diverse metaphors and labels

    that are used to highlight insights into glass ceilings – the obstacles hindering women

    reaching the top levels of organizations.

    Design/methodology/approach - The development of metaphors and labels related to

    theories about the causes and consequences of glass ceilings are discussed. They are classified

    according to whether or not they infer women play a role in creating glass ceilings.

    Findings - We conclude most metaphor-linked explanations focus on discrimination and

    prejudice towards women seeking leadership positions. A small number of metaphors target

    characteristics of women as causes for the gender inequality in leadership and upper

    management.

    Practical implications – Even though there is a plethora of metaphors highlighting obstacles

    and prejudice against women leaders and several metaphors have been part of the popular

    lexicon for at least three decades, metaphors do not appear to have greatly helped to quicken

    the dismantling of glass ceilings.

    Originality/value - This is a unique approach to reviewing literature in this area.

    Keywords - Glass ceilings, Metaphors, Leadership, Gender differences, Women's careers

UOW Authors


  •   Smith, Paul A. (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Crittenden, Nadia (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Smith, P., Caputi, P. & Crittenden, N. (2012). A maze of metaphors around glass ceilings. Gender in Management, 27 (7), 436-448.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866723027

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4091&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3039

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 436

End Page


  • 448

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom