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Women at workequality versus
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M. P. Michailidis , R. N. Morphitou & I. Theophylatou

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Management & MIS Department, Business School, University of
Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Department of Marketing, Business School, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Medical School, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
Published online: 09 Mar 2012.

To cite this article: M. P. Michailidis , R. N. Morphitou & I. Theophylatou (2012) Women at workequality versus inequality: barriers for advancing in the workplace, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23:20, 4231-4245, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2012.665071 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2012.665071

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The International Journal of Human Resource Management,
Vol. 23, No. 20, November 2012, 4231–4245

Women at workequality versus inequality: barriers for advancing in the workplace
M.P. Michailidisa*, R.N. Morphitoub and I. Theophylatouc
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Management & MIS Department, Business School, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus; b
Department of Marketing, Business School, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus; c
Medical School, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
This study aimed at identifying the factors that working women in Cyprus are faced with which lead to experience discrimination, examining possible barriers that affect women’s advancement and identifying organizational practices that assist them in achieving work– life balance. The data were collected by the distribution of a questionnaire, which was on a voluntary, anonymous and confidential basis and targeted women of four different occupational levels. Several barriers were identified, preventing them from advancement such as stereotypes, conflicting work and family obligations, lack of women role models and low levels of self-confidence. This research enhances women’s awareness of the existence of gender discrimination at work and the barriers in their career advancement. It highlights the creation of company programs such as mentoring programs, refresher...


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