Women’s authority jobs differ both in tasks and quality

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Although the representation of women in the workplace authority has slowly increased, the representation of men and women in leadership roles remains disproportionate. In her PhD thesis, Dragana Stojmenovska examined how women’s authority jobs differ both in tasks and quality. Specifically, she looked at the role played by cultural beliefs. Her research shows that prevailing gender stereotypes feed through into the gender gap for leadership roles. For instance, men appear to have more control over organizational resources and women more over people-oriented issues and human resources. Moreover, Stojmenovska's research addressed the differences in job quality between men and women in authority. She found lower levels of job resources and higher levels of job strains among women especially in authority. Moreover, women in authority were found to report sexual harassment, workplace bullying and job burnout most frequently among all employees. 

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