2nd Edition

Women in Business
Theory and Cases

ISBN 9781138949256
Published December 22, 2016 by Routledge
468 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

USD $79.95

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Book Description

This book combines theory, empirical research, and practical, international case studies to provide students with a comprehensive resource that demonstrates theories on gender alongside their operation in everyday workplace situations.

Reeves’s new edition provides a thorough review of issues important to women in the workplace, including gender discrimination and the legal framework for equity at work. The book uses case studies to illustrate key themes and introduces several new features, including:

  • Updated statistics on women’s participation in the workforce
  • Updated examples of resources for women in business
  • Two new chapters covering negotiation and influencing skills and women in STEM fields
  • New case studies, featuring comparisons between the position of women in the United States and in other countries
  • An instructor’s manual with advice, suggested answers to the end-of-chapter questions, and additional resources

This is a one-stop resource for any student interested in gender theory and issues that affect women in the workplace.

Table of Contents

Part I: An Introduction to Gender Equality

  1. An Introduction to Women in the Workplace
  2. Occupational Segregation and Gender Discrimination
  3. Employment Discrimination Law
  4. Part II: Women in the Workplace

  5. Career Opportunities – Recruitment, Selection and Promotion
  6. Equal Pay
  7. Networks and Mentors
  8. Gender and Communication
  9. Negotiating and Influencing
  10. Hostile Work Environments and Sexual Harassment
  11. Part III: Gender Issues: Looking Ahead

  12. Work–Life Balance
  13. Women Entrepreneurs
  14. Women in Stem Fields
  15. Policy and Organizational Practice


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Martha Reeves is a Visiting Professor in the Women’s Studies program and the Sociology Department at Duke University, USA. She also is the Managing Director of Duke University’s Markets and Management Studies Program and the faculty advisor for Business Oriented Women, a student organization for women interested in a career in business.


"This newly revised edition of Reeves’ book offers teachers of gender and work courses a comprehensive, well-researched, and readable textbook. Reeves takes on a series of formidable challenges to create a single text that contains everything you need to teach a course on gender and work successfully. She includes a review of the impact of the various waves of the feminist movement, an understanding of the relevant theoretical perspectives, an overview of the pertinent legislation, the historical and contemporary statistical data on gender and work, real world case studies of women in the workplace, as well as practical advice for college women who plan to enter the business world. Reeves' compelling book is the perfect pedagogical tool for teaching and learning in gender and work courses taught by faculty in business, management, women’s studies, or sociology programs."

Rebecca L. Bach, Duke University, USA

"Women in Business offers a solid foundation for critically examining current gender issues in the work place. Framed in the historical movement toward gender equality, its socio-economic and legal perspectives derive from sound scholarship and insightful probing of the complexities of the persistent challenges facing women and their career development."

Catherine Michael, St. Edward's University, USA

"Reeves captures the essence of today’s woman in the workplace. She walks readers through the trials and tribulations of women and inspires women to achieve their desired outcomes. The case studies engage students, promoting an active learning experience to enhance their academic success."

Melissa Cooper, Texas Woman's University, USA 

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