chapter  8
24 Pages

Women in Global Business

In an ideal world, gender should not be the basis on which to measure a person’s ability to do a job well. Yet, even in this 21st century, women face many challenges in the international business and professional arenas. First, many national cultures discriminate against females in the work environment, if women are even permitted to work at all. Second, when women are admitted into commerce and the professions, they are constrained by obsolete organizational cultures and norms. Finally, when they do indeed begin to succeed under such circumstances, they are further limited by attitudes and policies within the global management subculture. Despite assistance from governmental legislation for equal opportunity and affirmative action, female managers remain a rarity, despite CEO Carly Fiorina at Hewlett-Packard and Anne Mulchay at Xerox Corporation.