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date: 01 April 2020

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This chapter explores the leaky pipeline model of career development, which describes how women and girls are disproportionately affected by obstacles encountered along the educational and career pathways (Major and Morganson 2008). We go beyond the existing model to identify opportunities for intervention and advancement in addition to gendered career obstacles. Four distinct phases are highlighted as they pertain to gendered career experiences: the formation of self-perceptions and career aspirations, workplace entry, workplace obstacles, and advancement. In tracing this pipeline, we make the case that progressive interventions are needed, as each leak in the career pipeline must be mended to best address the escalating under-representation of women across phases of career development.

Keywords: gender, career development, career obstacles

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