The Paula Principle: why women lose out at work - and what needs to be done about it

The Paula Principle: why women lose out at work - and what needs to be done about it

by Tom Schuller

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Whereas The Peter Principle, a four-million–copy bestseller from the 1960s, argued that most (male) workers will inevitably be promoted to one level beyond their competence, Schuller shows how women today face the opposite scenario: their skills are being wasted as they work below their competence levels.

Schuller blends interviews and studies with examples drawn popular culture, and examines how attitudes have changed, from the advent of higher education for women in the 19th century to female dominance at all academic levels today. He also reveals how this has translated — or failed to translate — into the lived experiences of professional women, whether they are nursery workers, council employees, journalists, or oil company executives.

Engrossing and full of everyday insights into how gender impacts on working life, The Paula Principle is a well-reasoned analysis of the obstacles that many women face, and a call for us to challenge them on a personal, organizational, and societal level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947534155
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: US edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 302,990
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tom Schuller is an independent social and educational researcher. He has held senior positions in academia and policy bodies, and written or edited around 20 books. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a visiting professor at Birkbeck and the UCL Institute of Education, both in London.

Table of Contents


1 The Principle Twins: Paula and Peter
2 Educated Rita: how women have overtaken men in education and skills
3 Competence Under-Rewarded: how women’s skills and qualifications continue to be undervalued
4 Explaining The Paula Principle: factor one — discrimination and values
5 Explaining The Paula Principle: factor two — caring responsibilities
6 Explaining The Paula Principle: factor three — self-confidence and identity
7 Explaining The Paula Principle: factor four — social capital
8 Explaining The Paula Principle: factor five — choice
9 The Paula Agenda: what is to be done?


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