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Kateřina Machovcová

From Cleaning Women to Head-manager: Gender Regimes in a Working Organization


Companies are frequently understood as gender neutral, seemingly providing equal chances for both women and men. In the presented article perspective of gendered social structures steaming from work of Sandra Harding and Joan Acker is adopted in order to identify gendered regimes in the selected working organization. In accomplished qualitative study specific aspects of human resources policies and firm’s culture are involved and analyzed from the gender perspective. Relevant features are represented within: general requirements and organization of workplace, hierarchies, recruitment mechanisms, evaluation and non-formal communication. Following presentation of examples collected in the case study, the article concludes with basic guidelines for employers who wish to enhance their equality policies.


gender, employers, gender structure of organization, re/production of gender relations

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