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

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Jul 26 2018
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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.

Sociologists Swethaa Ballakrishnen, Priya Fielding-Singh, and Devon Magliozzi are all SPICE funding recipients. Swethaa Ballakrishnen is also a 2013 DARE Fellow.

The research was conducted with support from Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, one of VPGE's partners, and host of one of VPGE's 2017-18 12@12 groups.