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date: 20 February 2020

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The effects of gender-role stereotypes on women’s lifelong learning, earning, and career advancement opportunities are examined. It is proposed that “learning gender” is a critical component of lifelong learning. Based on a review of the literature, it was concluded that gender-role stereotypes create impediments for girls and women worldwide in terms of access to education, the topics they choose to study, and their career choices. These stereotypes also result in large and inequitable disparities in women’s pay, promotion, and career advancement opportunities. Recommendations for actions that individuals, organizations, and society can take to remedy the inequities and “shatter” the glass ceiling are provided. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the challenges inherent in promoting changes within a gendered society.

Keywords: gender, women, gender-role stereotypes, lifelong learning, work, pay, promotion, career advancement, discrimination, glass ceiling

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