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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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OLIDI, Clara Selva; PAREJO, Susana Pallarès  e  PADILLA, Miguel Angel Sahagún. The path is drawn between obstacles?: The professional career of a female manager. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.1, pp. 75-88. ISSN 1984-6657.

The main objective of this paper is to review the factors and elements described in the literature as obstacles of professional careers of women in leadership positions. Despite the massive incorporation of women into the labour market in recent decades, they are still in disadvantage compared to their fellow men. This inequality becomes more evident when women are accessing to leadership positions. To support this hypothesis, studies in an European context, on the main barriers that women must face in the path to leadership, have been reviewed from the seventies to the present, including: less professional training, gender stereotypes, the leadership of women, jobs and sectors which are traditionally female, less access to social networks, difficulties of reconciling family and professional life and salary differences. This review highlights the need for research addressing various forms of constraints, barriers, facilitators of the careers of women in relation to actions proposed at the organizational and institutional level.

Palavras-chave : Women; Career; Female Leadership; Gender Studies..

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