Why So Slow?: The Advancement of Women

Why So Slow?: The Advancement of Women

by Virginia Valian
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262720310

ISBN-13: 9780262720311

Pub. Date: 02/05/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

Why do so few women occupy positions of power and prestige? Virginia
Valian uses concepts and data from psychology, sociology, economics, and biology to explain the disparity in the professional advancement of men and women. According to
Valian, men and women alike have implicit hypotheses about gender differences --
gender schemas -- that create small

Overview

Why do so few women occupy positions of power and prestige? Virginia
Valian uses concepts and data from psychology, sociology, economics, and biology to explain the disparity in the professional advancement of men and women. According to
Valian, men and women alike have implicit hypotheses about gender differences --
gender schemas -- that create small sex differences in characteristics, behaviors,
perceptions, and evaluations of men and women. Those small imbalances accumulate to advantage men and disadvantage women. The most important consequence of gender schemas for professional life is that men tend to be overrated and women underrated.

Valian's goal is to make the invisible factors that retard women's progress visible, so that fair treatment of men and women will be possible. The book makes its case with experimental and observational data from laboratory and field studies of children and adults, and with statistical documentation on men and women in the professions. The many anecdotal examples throughout provide a lively counterpoint.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262720311
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/05/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
421
Sales rank:
649,667
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix(4)
Acknowledgments xiii(2)
A Note on Method and Scope xv
1 Gender Schemas at Work
1(22)
2 Gender Begins--and Continues-at Home
23(24)
3 Learning About Gender
47(20)
4 Biology and Behavior
67(14)
5 Biology and Cognition
81(22)
6 Schemas That Explain Behavior
103(22)
7 Evaluating Women and Men
125(20)
8 Effects on the Self
145(22)
9 Interpreting Success and Failure
167(20)
10 Women in the Professions
187(30)
11 Women in Academia
217(34)
12 Professional Performance and Human Values
251(26)
13 Affirmative Action and the Law
277(26)
14 Remedies
303(30)
Notes 333(20)
References 353(32)
Author Index 385(8)
Subject Index 393

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