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Stanford sociologists look at why women stay behind the scenes at work

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Jul 26 2018

Sociology doctoral candidates Devon Magliozzi and Priya Fielding-Singh, and PhD alumna Swethaa Ballakrishnen's research covered in the Stanford News.

Avoiding backlash, feeling authentic and balancing work with family responsibilities are reasons women shared with Stanford researchers about why they opt to work on the sidelines.

While research has shown that visibility in the workplace is critical for professional advancement, the reality is that for some women, it’s easier said than done. According to a new study by Stanford scholars, professional women have strong reasons to ignore recommendations that urge them to have a more visible presence at work.

Why professional women avoid the spotlight is the topic of a new paper in Sociological Perspectives by sociology doctoral candidates Devon Magliozzi and Priya Fielding-Singh and by PhD alumna Swethaa Ballakrishnen.

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