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Sexual Harassment of Women Leaders
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Yale Univ, Dept Polit Sci, New Haven, CT 06520 USA.
Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University; Yale Univ, Dept Polit Sci, New Haven, CT 06520 USA.
Univ Groningen, Int Relat, Groningen, Netherlands.
Yale Univ, Dept Polit Sci, New Haven, CT 06520 USA; World Bank, Poverty & Equ Global Practice, 1818 H St NW, Washington, DC 20433 USA.
2020 (English)In: Daedalus (Cambridge), ISSN 0011-5266, E-ISSN 1548-6192, Vol. 149, no 1, p. 180-191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sexual harassment is more prevalent for women supervisors than for women employees. This pattern holds in the three countries we studied – the United States, Japan, and Sweden – where women supervisors are between 30 to 100 percent more likely to have been sexually harassed in the last twelve months. Among supervisors, the risk is larger in lower- and mid-level positions of leadership and when subordinates are mostly male. We also find that harassment of women supervisors happens despite their greater likelihood of taking action against the abuser, and that supervisors face more professional and social retaliation after their harassment experience. We conclude that sexual harassment is a workplace hazard that raises the costs for women to pursue leadership ambitions and, in turn, reinforces gender gaps in income, status, and voice.

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2020. Vol. 149, no 1, p. 180-191
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-401946DOI: 10.1162/daed_a_01781ISI: 000504843900012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-401946DiVA, id: diva2:1384493
Available from: 2020-01-10 Created: 2020-01-10 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved

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