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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Writers: Inês Felizardo, Heng Xuan Teo, Nishat Anjum, Beth Amelia Cloughton, and Charlotte Grace.

Editor: Yen-Jean Wee.

Beneath the more apparent manifestations of gender discrimination in the workplace lies an even more pervasive culture that operates to the disadvantage of women. Such discrimination is even more pernicious because it is subtle and not easily perceived, and thus easy to dismiss. This paper first examines three aspects of this problem: gendered expectations, gender dynamics and interaction, and the ways in which assessing and rewarding achievement is gendered in nature. It then analyses the policies adopted to counteract this discrimination in Norway, India, and the United States, in order to compare them with those of the United Kingdom (while taking note of salient differences in context). 

Finally, a number of possible solutions that the UK could adopt are proposed and evaluated, specifically: 

  • Name-blind recruitment
  • Modifications to the current evaluation framework: specifically, group evaluation and quantitative evaluation 
  • Enhancements of the Equality Act 2010 
  • Gender quotas in both the public and private industry 
  • Improvements to existing paternity leave policies 
  • Policies to encourage flexibility in timing, place and hours of work

 

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