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Gender equality in the accounting profession: one size fits all

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posted on 2020-01-08, 14:29 authored by ANTOINETTE FLYNNANTOINETTE FLYNN, Emily Kate Earlie, CHRISTINE CROSSCHRISTINE CROSS
Purpose – This study aims to examine both male and female accountants’ perceptions of female career progression in the Accounting Profession in Ireland. This study is set in the context of a steady rise in the total proportion of female members across the seven accountancy bodies worldwide and the recent acknowledged failure of larger accountancy firms to promote women to senior levels in equal measure compared to male colleagues. Design/methodology/approach – A quantitative study (with a qualitative component) was undertaken to gather the opinions and perceptions of Irish accounting professionals on their career progression, gender-related barriers and obstacles, the “glass ceiling”, networking and flexible work arrangements. The sample of respondents reflected the diversity of accounting disciplines and gender divide in the wider population. Findings – Evidence of a divergence between the perception and the reality of the lived experience of female accountants, across the gender divide, was found. While respondents believe they have not experienced gender-related barriers in their career progression, it is clear that both genders believe that women succeed in this profession by adapting to masculine occupational values and norms. Originality/value – These findings contribute to the extant literature on career progression of women and augment the female management and career development literature. The inclusion of the perception and comparison of male colleagues is of particular interest.



Gender in Management;30 (6), pp. 479-499




peer-reviewed This is a preprint of an article that was subsequently published: Publication Details Gender equality in the accounting profession: one size fits all Antoinette Flynn , Emily Kate Earlie , Christine Cross Gender in Management 2015 30 (6), pp. 479-499


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