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Women above the Glass Ceiling: Perceptions on Corporate Mobility and Strategies for Success
Sally Ann Davies-Netzley
Gender and Society
Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jun., 1998), pp. 339-355
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/190289
Page Count: 17
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This research focuses on women in corporate positions "above the glass ceiling" and explores their perceptions on corporate mobility and strategies for success in elite positions. Through interviews with 16 men and women corporate presidents and chief executive officers (CEOs) in Southern California, it is found that while white men promote the dominant ideology of individualism and patriarchal gender ideology as explanations of corporate mobility and success, white women emphasize alternative perspectives by confirming the importance of social networks and peer similarities for succeeding in elite positions. These women strategically attempt to increase their cultural capital to negotiate male-dominated networks and maintain their high-status positions through such measures as obtaining advanced educational degrees or modifying speech and behavior.
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