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Four reasons why women are underrepresented as leaders

We know that women are underrepresented in leadership positions. But why? Here are four reasons. Effective solutions need to consider all four aspects. The first barrier is: 1. “The circle of women’s disadvantage” Women are the ones most often and most intensively responsible for caring for their family and children, though this trend is stronger […]

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Diversity matters for the bottom line

The German Institute for Business Research (DIW) released a Leadership-Monitor in 2010 that revealed little change in the situation of women coming into leadership positions in Germany. In middle- and upper-level management, women still make up only 27% of the leadership circle. Of the 100 largest German firms, 96 are led by men, four by […]

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A less biased approach to hiring is essential

Interviewer: “Every time a woman doesn’t get a position she’s qualified for, it costs the firm some of its advancement – that’s according to DIW Top Manager Klaus Zimmermann. He sees this theme as crucial in light of the coming shortage of qualified workers. Would another approach to the choice of top candidates help firms […]

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Gender Segregation in Professorships: boosted by a “Compensation Strategy”?

by Heather Hofmeister, Michaela Jüttemann. We examine the selection process of professorship placements using a case study of one large German university, the RWTH Aachen University, compared to German averages, within four disciplines and two payscale levels to unpack phenomena that may play a role in the low representation of women at RWTH Aachen and, […]

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Job-related spatial mobility and gender relations in Germany and Poland

by Heather Hofmeister, Lena Hünefeld, Celina Proch. We examine the self-reported division of housework and childcare in Germany and Poland considering the job-related spatial mobility within dual-earner couples who are living in a household together with a partner, using 2007 data from the Job Mobility and Family Lives Project. We find that men who are […]

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European Society on Family Relations Conference in Milan, Italy

Together with Celina Proch and Lena Hünefeld, we presented a talk at the “Fifth ESFR Congress” with the title: “The patterns of job-related spatial mobility within family life stages for German and Polish men and women”. We presented, among other findings, our results that there are not only disadvantages for job-related spatial mobility. Mothers in […]

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The Integration of Gender Research in Family Research: English and German Sources

by Heather Hofmeister. I examine the extent to which gender concepts, roles, and theoretical perspectives are embedded within family studies, in English and in German.  I compare German and English Family Sociology textbooks to examine the embeddedness of gender theories and concepts in family sociology.  I compare literature database keyword searches for core family gender […]

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