Why men get the 'glamour work' assignments more than women

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Aug 06, 2018

    Julia Carpenter writes, "Research shows bosses often give white men more access to the noticed work, or 'glamour work,' while women and minorities get stuck with the less-desirable tasks.

    What counts as glamour work can vary from office to office or industry to industry. Typically, these assignments are more rewarded because they're also higher-profile: scoring a major client, managing a new team or product, even giving a presentation to the head honchos at the company.

    In a university setting, for example, one study showed male professors did more research while female professors served on more committees. Both kinds of work are important, of course, but only research gets you tenure.

    'There's nothing inherent about the glamour work that makes it more valuable,' says Joan C. Williams, director of the Center of WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. 'It's just very situational. And also what is valued depends on what kind of work is important for [workers] to do in order to be successful long-term in their careers, and that varies from place to place.'

    The 'office housework' that's left over — the day-to-day organizing, note-taking, semi-administrative tasks — often gets pushed onto women."


    Released: August 6, 2018, 8:01 am
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