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date: 06 April 2020

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This chapter considers the role of workplace culture in advantaging men and disadvantaging women. Organizations were created by men for men; men know their rules and are comfortable in them. Gendered workplace cultures reflect different expectations and socialization experiences in the wider society. Women have more difficulty fitting in as a result. Gendered workplace cultures create barriers for women such as men’s use of gender-related factors in selection and promotion, women’s greater responsibility for home and family, the old boys network, backlash against agentic women, the fine line that women have to walk, and the long work hours culture, Corporate masculinity also takes a toll on men and their families. Interestingly, both women and men benefit from more supportive organizational cultures. For things to change to benefit both, more men have to become women’s allies than observers or adversaries.

Keywords: gendered cultures, lack of fit, career disadvantages, long work hours

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