The Psychology of Women at Work [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]: Challenges and Solutions for Our Female Workforce

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women made up 46.4 percent of the civilian labor force in 2005, and that percentage is expected to reach 47 percent by 2014. Professional and health-related occupations are the fastest-growing roles for women, with computer-related, environmental, and educational fields also drawing increasingly on the female workforce. The bottom line at a macro level is that, more and more, women are driving the country's economic development. But with that phenomenon come questions, challenges, and concerns, on many diverse levels. Debates rage on psychological topics such as the effect the increasing number of women at work has on marriage and divorce, family and children, women's identities and stress levels and, overall, their physical and mental health. Psychologist Michele A. Paludi and her team of experts from across fields examine all aspects of women at work - the pros and cons, how it is changing American society, its women, their relationships, partners, and children.

The factors that fuel women achievers are also discussed by female scholars and experts in the field, who illustrate points with vignettes and their own career development stories. Issues in the workplace affecting women's wellbeing are also discussed, including sexual harassment and related laws, pregnancy-related work policy and regulations, challenges for women bosses and career moms, the glass ceiling, racism, women's relationships with male coworkers, and issues that rise when a woman is the breadwinner. This unique and timely set will appeal to those who are interested in psychology, women's studies, education, law, business, and public policy.

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"..Contributors address a wide range of topics, but two —sexual harassment and leadership—receive the most coverage. Analyses of gender stereotypes and their impacts are also discussed in several contexts. Many articles relate the experiences of women to those of girls and young women, from elementary school to college. Others make reference to issues faced by various racial and ethnic minorities, and one specifically addresses challenges for women of color."



"A distinguishing feature of this set is the 'In my own voice' chapters in which authors share their career experiences… Other highlights include a fascinating review of research on self-esteem…as a whole this three-volume set provides broad coverage of many important issues women confront at work. The authors approach their topics from a veariety of perspectives. There are personal stories as well as analyses of institutions. Both quantitative and qualitative research is described. There are clear recommendations aimed at women who seek to advance as well as those who have achieved positions of organizational leadership…This set would provide a stimulating basis for discussion in advanced courses in women's studies, psychology, and business. It would also inform ogranizational leaders as they seek new ways to recruit and retain talented women."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275996772
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Women's Psychology Series
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHELE A. PALUDI is Series Editor for the Praeger series in Women's Psychology. Paludi is author or editor of 27 college textbooks, and more than 140 scholarly articles and conference presentations on sexual harassment, psychology of women, gender and sexual harassment, and victimization. Now President of Human Resources Management Solutions and Participating Faculty in the School of Management at Union Graduate College, she has held earlier faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, Kent State University, Hunter College, and Union College. Paludi serves as an expert witness for court proceedings and administrative hearings on sexual harassment. Her book, Ivory Power, received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States. Another one of her books, The Psychology of Women: A Handbook, (Praeger, 1993), won an Outstanding Academic Book Award from the American Library Association.

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Table of Contents



Edited by Michele A. Paludi

Vol. 1: Career Liberation, History, and the New Millennium

Praeger Perspectives

Womens Psychology

Michele A. Paludi




Vol. 1: Career Liberation, History and the New Millennium

Michele A. Paludi


For Antoinette and Michael Paludi

Who Encouraged Me To Define What Womens Work Is

Ffor Myself



Chapter One: Transforming Organizations and the Quality of Life of the People Who Work in Them: In My Own Voice

Chapter Two: Speaking in a Mans World: Gender Differences in Communication Styles

Chapter Three: On Work-Life Balance: In My Own Voice

Chapter Four: When the Boss is a Woman

Chapter Five: Women Who Started Up: The State of Women in


Chapter Six: Leadership and Women

Chapter Seven: Feminist Competing Values Leadership: An Investigation of Roles Played by Men and Women

Chapter Eight: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Chapter Nine: Uncovering and Countering Sexual Harassment in Israel: A New Career Path

Chapter Ten: Career Preparation Programs in High Schools: How Do Schools Ready Students for Life and Work?

Chapter Eleven: Shifting the Load: Women in the Workplace

:Personality Factors

Chapter Twelve: Women Supporting Women in the Workplace: In My Own Voice


About the Editor and Contributors

Volume 2



Chapter One: Explaining Too FewWomen in STEM Careers: A

Psychosocial Perspective

Chapter Two: Women as Leaders: From the Lab to the Real World

Chapter Three: My Life as a Woman Psychologist: In My Own Voice

Chapter Four: Workplace Incivility, Sexual Harassment, and Racial Micro-Aggression: The Interface of Three Literatures

Chapter Five: Sexual Harassment and Male Dominance: Toward an

Ecological Approach

Chapter Six: Challenges for Women of Color

Chapter Seven: On Being a Woman Chiropractor: In My Own Voice

Chapter Eight: Relationships with Men

Chapter Nine: What I See is What Matters: In My Own Voice

Chapter Ten: Women in Ethiopia: The Sound of Hope: In My Own Voice


About the Editor and Contributors

Volume 3



Chapter One: Aggressive Men and Witchy Women: The Double Standard

Chapter Two: Lessons from My Father: In My Own Voice

Chapter Three: Self-Esteem and High Achieving Women

Chapter Four: Women in Human Resources: In My Own Voice

Chapter Five: Stress and Health

Chapter Six: Preparing to Be Employed: In My Own Voice

Chapter Seven: Mental Health Impact of Sexual Harassment

Chapter Eight: Religion and Women at Work

Chapter Nine: Workforce Issues: In My Own Voice

Chapter Ten: Societys Gains: Economics of Women in the Workplace


About the Editor and Contributors

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