The Psychology of Women at Work
Challenges and Solutions for Our Female Workforce
by Michele A. Paludi, Editor
June 2008, 620pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-99677-2
$163, £121, 136€, A233
eBook Available: 978-0-275-99678-9
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Examines the benefits and costs of our increasing female workforce, to women, their families and society.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women made up 46.4 percent of the civilian labor force in 2005, and that percentage is expected to reach 47 percent by 2014. Professional and health-related occupations are the fastest-growing roles for women, with computer-related, environmental, and educational fields also drawing increasingly on the female workforce. The bottom line at a macro level is that, more and more, women are driving the country’s economic development. But with that phenomenon come questions, challenges, and concerns, on many diverse levels. Debates rage on psychological topics such as the effect the increasing number of women at work has on marriage and divorce, family and children, women’s identities and stress levels and, overall, their physical and mental health. Psychologist Michele A. Paludi and her team of experts from across fields examine all aspects of women at work – the pros and cons, how it is changing American society, its women, their relationships, partners, and children.

The factors that fuel women achievers are also discussed by female scholars and experts in the field, who illustrate points with vignettes and their own career development stories. Issues in the workplace affecting women’s wellbeing are also discussed, including sexual harassment and related laws, pregnancy-related work policy and regulations, challenges for women bosses and career moms, the glass ceiling, racism, women’s relationships with male coworkers, and issues that rise when a woman is the breadwinner. This unique and timely set will appeal to those who are interested in psychology, women’s studies, education, law, business, and public policy.

Reviews

"..Contributors address a wide range of topics, but two --sexual harassment and leadership--receive the most coverage. Analyses of gender stereotypes and their impacts are also discussed in several contexts. Many articles relate the experiences of women to those of girls and young women, from elementary school to college. Others make reference to issues faced by various racial and ethnic minorities, and one specifically addresses challenges for women of color."—Choice, March 1, 2009

"A distinguishing feature of this set is the 'In my own voice' chapters in which authors share their career experiences... Other highlights include a fascinating review of research on self-esteem...as a whole this three-volume set provides broad coverage of many important issues women confront at work. The authors approach their topics from a veariety of perspectives. There are personal stories as well as analyses of institutions. Both quantitative and qualitative research is described. There are clear recommendations aimed at women who seek to advance as well as those who have achieved positions of organizational leadership...This set would provide a stimulating basis for discussion in advanced courses in women's studies, psychology, and business. It would also inform ogranizational leaders as they seek new ways to recruit and retain talented women." —Sex Roles, November 13, 2009
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