research product . 2016

Femininities at Work: How Women Support Other Women in the Workplace

Carr, Melissa; Kelan, E.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 08 Sep 2016
  • Publisher: British Academy of Management
  • Country: United Kingdom
Recent research has highlighted the negative intra-gender relations that occur between women in organisations, focusing on aspects such as micro-violence, the queen bee syndrome, negative intra-gender relations, and competition and distance between women. Through a thematic analysis of interviews with 16 women, we draw on material where women were asked to consider their intra-gender relationships at work. We suggest that women are actively supporting each other and aligning themselves with each other; they are ‘mobilising femininities’ to help negotiate dominant hegemonic masculinity. However, the women also demonstrate contested femininities, creating distance...
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