understanding gender inequality through organizations

Looking for a handy overview about gender and inequality, using an organizational lens?  Continuing an earlier conversation about the state of organizational studies, Elizabeth L. Gorman and Sarah Mosseri examine “Why should students and scholars who are interested in gender difference and inequality study organizations?”

“How organizational characteristics shape gender difference and inequality at work”


Why should students and scholars who are interested in gender difference and inequality study organizations? In recent years, as research on organizations has migrated to business schools and become less connected to other subfields of the discipline, the value of organizational sociology has become less evident to many. Yet characteristics of organizations contribute in important ways to producing different experiences and outcomes for women and men, by constraining certain individual actions and enabling or bringing about others. In this essay, we trace the consequences of four categories of organizational characteristics—the formal structure of work, employment practices, informal structure and culture, and organizational networks and fields—for gender inequality in three areas: workplace experiences, work–family conflict, and career outcomes. We close with some brief reflections on future directions for research linking organizations and gender.

Download this article for free now from Sociology Compass’s Organizations and Work section, as the article is ungated until the end of this month, only!

Written by katherinechen

March 28, 2019 at 4:19 pm

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  1. The link to the article does not work because an end parenthesis has snuck in at the end of the url (this url works:

    The previous issue of Sociology Compass includes an article of related interests by Dustin Avent‐Holt and Donald Tomaskovic‐Devey called “Organizations as the Building Blocks of Social Inequalities” (



    March 29, 2019 at 12:28 am

  2. Thanks for noting the extra ) – I’ve corrected the link! Also, thanks for noting the Avent-Holt and Tomaskovic-Devey article.



    March 29, 2019 at 12:54 am

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