CoastLine: Gender Roles And Barriers to Career Advancement For Women

Jan 20, 2018

Men are taking on more responsibility in the household today than they did a generation ago.  But according to the Pew Research Center, women are still doing the majority of the domestic work.  That’s true across the spectrum – including couples in which both people work full-time outside the home.  So what does this mean for a career professional who is female? 

While moving up the ladder, women also struggle with  what sociologists call the “double bind”.  It’s a pervasive cultural attitude, often unconscious, that requires women are to be nice and friendly but also tough and decisive at work.  And if a working woman decides to have children, University of Massachusetts sociologist Michelle Budig says, she is making the worst possible move for her career.

To help us understand why – and what other implicit biases affect a woman’s pay, career prospects, and self-image, we have:

Jean-Anne Sutherland, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Emilyanne Aurelius, Co-Founder and CEO of Cape Fear Women in Tech