“A must-read for practicing and aspiring public administrators at all levels of government, and is well suited for a variety of public administration courses.” (*)
This book tackles the challenges that women face in the workplace generally and in the public sector particularly. While Women and Public Service spends time identifying and describing the problems that women faced in the past, it pays special attention to identifying possible remedies to these problems, and also surveys progress made in recent decades. The authors present the challenge of accommodating women in public sector organizations as both a fairness issue and also a human resources matter, as a fundamental prerequisite for recruiting the best and brightest talent.
Key content coverage:
• The representation of women in public organizations, including occupational, agency and position level segregation • Issues of pay equity--legislation, equal worth measures, and the serious links between the issue of representation and equal pay • Special issues facing women in their workplace, including institutional climate, workplace violence, sexual harassment, social costs of career progression, and family-friendly policies.
The book targets undergraduate and graduate students, employees, employers, and policy makers. PA, Political Science, and policy-oriented courses such as Women in Organizations, Diversity Management, Race, Gender and Class, and Advanced Topics in Human Resources Management can use this as a primary or supplemental textbook. With increased pressure from accrediting bodies in many fields, most academic units are responding by incorporating diversity issues across the curriculum.
Endorsements: "Alkadry and Tower have made an important contribution to one of the most underestimated diversity challenges in the workplace and society, that of gender. The book is solidly grounded in theory and provides ample examples from the modern workplace. In the process, the reader cannot help but question underlying assumptions and more fully appreciate the implications of existing and proposed public policies and organizational practices. This is a must-read for practicing and aspiring public administrators at all levels of government, and is well suited for a variety of public administration courses." — Nadia Rubaii, Binghamton University (*)
"This important new book joins a small group of predecessors in addressing a central issue in public administration. Everyone interested in a fair and effective public service needs to read this book and think seriously about what it means for the field. Congratulations and thanks to Mohamad Alkadry and Leslie Tower for this fine contribution to the literature!" — Richard C. Box, Park University
"This compelling text provides a strong complement to general textbooks in introductory, management, organizational theory, and human resource classes. In fact, all students of contemporary government (policy and administration) should read this text and be schooled on how far we have yet to come, and how far we need to go, to achieve social equity. As the authors make very clear, gender analysis is not just about women; it reveals how gender roles and expectations limit and constrain men and women, as well as people in minority groups." — Cheryl Simrell King, The Evergreen State University
"Women and Public Service is a must-read for public administration practitioners and a must-assign for students of human resources management. ... this is a compendium of research and data crucial to understanding the status of women in public-sector employment. The book is very well crafted for this purpose, being both logically organized and clear in its prose. The presentation of barriers, challenges, and opportunities summarizing interpretation of the extensive data reviewed in each chapter provides direct takeaways for the reader. ... the book's contents cover the core concepts and terms contemporary human resources managers must understand to grapple with the challenges of diversity and cultural competency, along with all the nuances of public-sector workplaces in particular." — American Review of Public Administration
"Women and Public Service is an important and necessary addition to public administration scholarship. Alkadry and Tower empower the reader to perceive new options and policy alternatives, and inspire working people and those of us who study workplace policy to reject the received wisdom and imagine greater possibilities for all." — Public Voices
"Women and Public Service contributes to what is a much needed but lacking dialogue about women in government. The discussion is timely, given the sheer volume of women pursuing graduate-level education, and the authors' approach is succinct. The barriers and challenges to truly equal representation in public service are complex, and Alkadry and Tower's pursuit of pressing the topic forward is invaluable." —Policy Perspectives