Although they represent an increasing proportion of the UKworkforce, the number of women occupying senior positions is still verylow, and nowhere more so than in the National Health Service. Particularoccupational groups within the NHS are researched here nursing,medicine, pharmacy, clinical chemistry laboratories, and management. Thefindings reveal that women suffer disproportionately compared with menin their aspirations for the top jobs. Prevalent attitudes militateagainst this, such as stereotyping, opposition by management to womenworkers taking career breaks which is an absolute necessity for somecareerminded mothers but to management suggests lack of commitment andmaledominated social concepts one of the boys. It isconcluded that NHS management must show greater flexibility inaddressing the problems of women, their most valuable resource, beforemuch needed recognition of womens right to be treated fairly can beachieved.
Women In Management Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 1, 1991
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