Hierarchical rank and women's organizational mobility: glass ceilings in corporate law firms.

@article{Gorman2009HierarchicalRA,
  title={Hierarchical rank and women's organizational mobility: glass ceilings in corporate law firms.},
  author={Elizabeth H. Gorman and Julie A. Kmec},
  journal={AJS; American journal of sociology},
  year={2009},
  volume={114 5},
  pages={1428-74}
}
This article revives the debate over whether women's upward mobility prospects decline as they climb organizational hierarchies. Although this proposition is a core element of the "glass ceiling" metaphor, it has failed to gain strong support in previous research. The article establishes a firm theoretical foundation for expecting an increasing female disadvantage, with an eye toward defining the scope conditions and extending the model to upper-level external hires. The approach is illustrated… CONTINUE READING