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Female Managers and Gender Inequality

Evidence from Private Sector Firms--Matt Huffman, Ph.D., UC Irvine
Mar 15, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Although a great deal of empirical research has focused on women's access to managerial positions, much less work addresses what changing patterns of access mean for larger patterns of gender inequality. Are female managers agents of change, reducing inequality among their subordinates, or are they merely cogs in the machine whose managerial presence has little effect on inequality?  This talk will summarize current research in this area, offer new evidence from analyses of U.S. private sector workplaces, and conclude with what it all may mean for diversity in work organizations.

Matt Huffman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine, and Director of the Graduate Program in Demographic and Social Analysis. His interests include gender and race inequality in organizations and across labor markets. His work has appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, The American Sociological Review, and the American Journal of Sociology. With Philip N. Cohen (University of Maryland), he is currently writing a book (under contract with Stanford University Press) on trends in women's representation in management and whether those changes are associated with larger patterns of gender inequality.

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