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Culture, Sexism, and Legal Remedies: A Three Country Study of Gender Inequality at the Corporate Level
Cope, Jacqueline 2016 Culture, Sexism, and Legal Remedies - A Three Country Study of Gender Inequality at the Corporate Level.pdf
AuthorCope, Jacqueline J.
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Sexism in the workplace is a quietly thriving pattern across cultures and businesses - especially at the executive level. Geert Hofstede’s work on behavior and institutions across culture include dimensions that can help predict gender inequality in a culture. Further, whether sexism is more benevolent or hostile in the workplace depends on a culture’s values. These values and norms often manifest themselves in the policies created by firms that operate in all countries and become a part of a professional culture that continues to keep women in lower level or lower paying positions. How a country attempts to remedy gender inequality can also be a reflection of its cultural values. Based on a study of three culturally different countries (Japan, Norway and the United States), this research seeks to answer questions regarding how the values of a culture contribute to gender inequality in the workplace, what has been done to combat it, and the potential benefits of a more diverse workplace.