Publication Date

Fall 2016


Although gender diversity in the workplace has been a “hot topic” and corporate priority for many years, women’s participation in the labor market has not significantly increased since 1990. Today, women are underrepresented in organizations across the United States and globally, and the gender disparity in the pipeline proves greatest at senior leadership levels. This executive summary focuses on the organizational and social barriers that hinder women’s career advancement as well as strategies for addressing these obstacles.


Suggested Citation
Rapp, K., & Yoon, J. (2016). What are organizational and cultural barriers in the workplace to women advancing to the C-Suite? Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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