Women's career success and work-life adaptations in the accountancy and medical professions in Britain
Crompton, Rosemary and Lyonette, Clare, 1960-. (2011) Women's career success and work-life adaptations in the accountancy and medical professions in Britain. Gender, Work & Organization, Vol.18 (No.2). pp. 231-254. ISSN 09686673Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00511.x
This article examines gendered career paths in two feminizing and highly qualified professions. Quantitative data show that in medicine the profession is internally segregated by sex, as women tend to opt for the family friendly but clinically inferior specialty of general practice. In accountancy internal segregation by sex is considerably less evident but women fail to rise through organizational hierarchies. Qualitative interviews with qualified doctors and accountants suggest that sex discrimination is to some extent still an issue but that the major factor underlying these different gendered career trajectories is that women still retain the major responsibility for domestic work and caring. They also suggest that doctors have been able to exercise more control over their working hours than accountants and that even when accountants work part-time, they work longer hours than contracted. Part-time work is also seen as seriously career-limiting. In our conclusions, we briefly examine the gender equality implications of these contrasting self-regulated and market-driven adaptations to occupational feminization.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Employment Research|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Work-life balance -- Great Britain, Women physicians -- Great Britain, Women accountants -- Great Britain, Women in the professions -- Great Britain, Hours of labor -- Great Britain, Career development|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Gender, Work & Organization|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 231-254|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
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