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Must women adopt male characteristics in order to succeed?

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  • Essay length: 2918 words
  • Submitted: 16/12/2011
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Must Women Adopt Male Characteristics In Order To Succeed?

This essay is will address the question of whether women must adopt male characteristics in order to succeed or not. Firstly, it will define what success actually is and demonstrate what the reality is for women. Secondly, it will argue for and against the adoption of male characteristics by analysing and comparing various studies, criticism and results.

What do women need to do in order to succeed? Do they have to behave in a specific manner in order to be taken seriously? The evidence shows that women have recently been advanced to senior positions in large organisations (Wirth, 2001). However, they are still underrepresented in positions of authority within the public world of work compared to their male counterparts (White et al, 1992). Does that mean masculine style is what organisations are looking for in their leaders, and is it possible for a woman, displaying her 'female traits', to reach the top?

What is success?

In order to decide objectively what success is, we must first define what it means to ourselves as individuals, families and organisations. People are different. Their

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