Wom en En tr epren eu rs: Movin g Beyon d th e Glass Ceilin g. By Dorothy P.
Moore and E. Holly Butter. United Kingdom: Sage Publishe rs‚ 1997‚ 261 pp.
Wom en ‚ Eth nicity‚ an d th e Workp lace. By Elizabeth Higginboth am and Mary
Rom ero. California: Sage Publishe rs‚ 1997‚ 269 pp.
The face of America
s workplace is changing. While women are beginning to
take their place in the upper tiers of corporate manage ment‚ the proble ms of
resistance in the workplace ‚ discrimination‚ and work/family conflict remain
issues that must be confronted. The effects of gender and race on workplace
behaviors‚ discrimination‚ hiring decisions‚ and salary bias have been well docu-
mented in the lite rature . Women Entrepreneurs: Movin g Beyon d the G lass
Ceilin g and Wom en ‚ Ethn icity‚ and the Workplace re prese nt two more ad-
ditions to a growing body of lite rature that examine s women
s career paths
and workplace issue s [(cf.‚ St. Jean and Feagin (1998) and Farmer (1997) ].
While both books addre ss the challe nge s faced by women as they seek to
develop dynamic and viable careers‚ their areas of focus are differe nt. Women
who decide to re main in corporations de velop various coping me chanisms and
support systems to assist the ir efforts [cf.‚ Anderson and Le slie (1991) ]. A
large numbe r of women howe ver‚ have embarked on a mass e xodus out of
Corporate America and into the realm of entrepre neurship.
Dorothy Moore and E. Holly Butter‚ have done an excellent job of
capturing both conceptually and empirically the unique set of issues face d
by female entrepreneurs. Their work is well re searche d‚ well written‚ easy to
re ad‚ and will ke e p the re ade r
s atte ntion. Its pre se ntation is like a
docume ntary uncovering the opportunitie s for wome n beyond the corporate
glass ce iling.
Women Entrepreneurs: Moving the G lass Ceiling be gins by
reviewing the motivators and growth of female entrepreneurship. They chide
past research as being limite d in its scope and appre ciation of the realitie s
of female entrepreneurs. In the ir efforts to provide readers with a deeper
unde rstanding of female entrepre neurship‚ they begin by dividing their study
group into two cate gories: intentional entrepre neurs and corporate climbers.
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