When Corporate Support Backfires on Women Workers

Purportedly family-friendly employment policies may actually be holding women back, argues INSEAD professor Herminia Ibarra. Women increasingly find themselves trapped in “pink ghettos” — supporting roles away from the corporate front lines, where it’s easier to secure maternity leave and flexible schedules. Companies that offer less help to working moms tend to have less overall workplace participation by women, but also tend to have more women in senior positions, Ibarra notes.

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