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By Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. in Psychology Today's High Octane Women Given the multitude of stressors in today's workplace--inadequate resources, long work hours, increasing work demands, and lack of recognition to name just a few--it's not surprising that more than half of American workers report being dissatisfied with their jobs. However, these rather obvious stressors account for only part of the stress high octane women experience in the workplace. Gender-biased workplace stressors are often the most difficult to cope with and to combat, largely because they're often invisible. Unlike first generation gender discrimination (intentional acts of bias against women), women in today's workforce, especially those working in traditionally male-dominated fields, are experiencing a much more camouflaged foe--second generation gender biases that are impeding their advancement and adding stress to their lives. According to researchers at the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), second generation gender biases are "work cultures and practices that appear neutral and natural on their face," yet they reflect masculine values and life situations of men who have been dominant in the development of traditional work settings. These deeply entrenched gender-biased dynamics exist in our culture, norms, and organizational practices and directly impact hiring decisions, promotion, and salaries.
Financial News's fourth annual Women in Finance survey, published this week, showed that while momentum is building in the fight against gender imbalance in the workplace, familiar obstacles remain. Is your company looking to redress inequality and encourage women in the workplace? If so, click here for your 10-point to-do list. Image credit: Creative Commonsemail@example.com
More female trailblazers will persuade women to launch businesses, helping the economy and wider society. Smashing the corporate glass ceiling has always been the ultimate goal for ambitious females but many women are now choosing to start their own businesses. Sadly, there are not enough of them—yet. There are more highly qualified women than ever before—in the U.S., females earn 60 percent of master's degrees and 42 percent of MBAs. But at the same time, we're still to make even a small dent in the U.K. corporate world. Only 11 percent of directors in FTSE-100 companies are female. At this rate of progress it will be another 60 years before women in Britain achieve parity on company boards, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.