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Overlooked Reasons Why Women Don't Get Promoted

For every 100 men who are promoted into management, only 87 women get the same opportunity, explains Jaclyn Margolis, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science in a recent Psychology Today article. One way that companies reduce the likelihood of women advancing into management is by having restrictive guidelines for promotions. Women also spend a disproportionate amount of time on tasks that are important but likely won’t help them get a promotion. To address the issue, Dr. Margolis points to research with Pepperdine Graziadio colleague Jennifer Franczak encouraging companies to begin to move past these challenges by adopting “qualification diversity” and reconsider their leadership competencies and promotion guidelines to ensure they are not unintentionally skewed to favor men. Read the full article here