Glass Walls: Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work

Glass Walls: Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work

Glass Walls: Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work

Glass Walls: Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work


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“The practicality and clarity make this a valuable contribution to collections in academic and public libraries.” — Library Journal, Starred Review

A new, important, and richly detailed guide to understanding gender bias with practical solutions for leaders, workplace allies, and individual women.

Gender bias is a powerful but hidden force that is still holding women back, keeping them from achieving their full potential and limiting organizations from achieving the creativity, problem solving, and growth that are possible with a diverse workforce.

In this revealing new book, Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski shine a new light on gender bias in the workplace, uncovering the barriers that work like glass walls surrounding women. Through their original research, they have discovered six core factors and multiple subfactors of bias, giving names to some elements for the first time ever.

Their findings and analysis present a new, important, and richly detailed guidebook to understanding gender bias. They reveal:

  • How male privilege, the bedrock on which gender bias is built, results in a workplace created by men and for men
  • How women encounter disproportionate constraints in that workplace, being expected to play supportive roles to men
  • The surprising ways in which women experience insufficient support based on gender
  • The concept of devaluation, and how it tells women they don’t belong at work
  • The troubling ways women face hostility to keep them in their supposed place, merely because of their gender
  • How the combined weight of these barriers leads to acquiescence, when women internalize the obstacles and adapt to the limitations

The barriers identified, and the subcomponents of each, are destined to become the framework for understanding gender bias. Glass Walls provides a roadmap to shatter barriers holding women back once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538170960
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2023
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 444,718
Product dimensions: 5.79(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Amy Diehl, PhD, is an award-winning information technology leader and gender equity researcher who has authored numerous scholarly journal articles and book chapters. Her writing has also appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Ms. Magazine. Glass Walls is her first book. She is also a sought-after speaker, consultant, and lawsuit expert witness. She resides in a small town in Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at Leanne M. Dzubinski, PhD, is acting dean and associate professor of intercultural education in the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University in California. She is the author of Women in the Mission of the Church: Their Opportunities and Obstacles throughout Christian History and Playing by the Rules: How Women Lead in Evangelical Mission Organizations. She has written many scholarly articles related to gender bias and her work has been published in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company. Prior to moving to California, she worked in western Europe for many years.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: The Six Primary Barriers Chapter 1: Male Privilege ·Male Gatekeeping ·Boys’ Club ·Role Incredulity ·Shunning ·Tokenism ·Gender Blindness ·Masculine Language ·Two-person Career Structure ·Glass Cliff ·Shattering Male Privilege: A Diverse Organization Chapter 2: Disproportionate Constraints ·Constrained Career Choices ·Muted Voices ·Unequal Standards ·Shattering Disproportionate Constraints: An Equitable Organization Chapter 3: Insufficient Support ·Lack of Communal Resources ·Lack of Mentoring and Sponsoring ·Exclusion ·Unsupportive Leadership ·Shattering Insufficient Support: A Supportive Organization Chapter 4: Devaluation ·Office Housework ·Diminishment ·Benevolent Sexism ·Salary Inequality ·Credibility Deficit ·Shattering Devaluation: A Valuing Organization Chapter 5: Hostility ·Discrimination ·Workplace Harassment ·Female Hostility ·Retaliation ·Shattering Hostility: A Welcoming Organization Chapter 6: Acquiescence ·Work-life Conflict ·Self-blame ·Self-silencing ·Self-limited Aspirations ·Shattering Acquiescence: A Maximizing Organization Chapter 7: Gender Bias ·When Barriers Combine ·Shattering Gender Bias: An Inclusive Organization Chapter 8: Taking Charge of Your Own Success Acknowledgements Notes Bibliography Index About the Authors
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