Women in the Workforce: A Global Snapshot

  • Betty Jane PunnettEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


This chapter looks at women in the workforce around the world. It provides global information as well as information on specific countries and regions. The literature, and statistics, presented suggest that women are improving their status in the workplace, but that they continue to face major challenges in all countries. The glass (or brick/cement in some countries) ceilings, walls and cliffs are found everywhere, and these affect women negatively in the workplace. Interestingly, the literature suggests that the challenges facing women in varying locations differ in degree, but not in kind – stereotypes are common and women’s role is seen primarily as caring for the family. A major concern for women seems to be work-family balance, and having a supportive family is often mentioned as critical to a successful career. The chapter provides suggestions for improving the workplace globally for women, as well as suggestions for needed research.


Women at work Global information on women Women around the world Women’s success Challenges for women at work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management StudiesUniversity of the West IndiesCave HillBarbados

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