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Gender Inequality in the Workplace: A Lesson from New Zealand’s Accounting Profession

  1. Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, Cenderawasih University, Papua, Indonesia
Version 1 : Received: 30 October 2016 / Approved: 31 October 2016 / Online: 31 October 2016 (09:26:33 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 3 November 2016 / Approved: 3 November 2016 / Online: 3 November 2016 (08:46:02 CET)

How to cite: Blesia, J. Gender Inequality in the Workplace: A Lesson from New Zealand’s Accounting Profession. Preprints 2016, 2016100138 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201610.0138.v2). Blesia, J. Gender Inequality in the Workplace: A Lesson from New Zealand’s Accounting Profession. Preprints 2016, 2016100138 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201610.0138.v2).

Abstract

The majority of business partners and senior office bearers in most New Zealand accounting firms remains white (of European descent) and male, despite legislation designed to combat discrimination in the workplace. This essay focuses on the gender dimension of the workplace, particularly addressing the potential challenges New Zealand’s accounting firms face in managing audit teams. It summarizes the main findings that gender inequality still exists in the accounting firms. Although relevant rules and legislation in favour of women working for accounting firms have been reinforced, liberal and radical feminist lobby groups have still addressed gender inequality issues. There remain some challenges to women in the workplace, such as negative stereotypes; sexual role presumption; and the length expected of working hours in today’s society.

Subject Areas

gender inequality; workplace; accounting profession; New Zealand

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