Utilizing Gender Diversity Initiatives at U.S. State Level Agencies

This exploratory research empirically examines the impact of the utilization of diversity organizational practices on the career progression of women to executive positions in state-level government organizations in the United States. The design includes an online survey instrument sent to a purposive sample of 600 female administrative agency executives in 50 states. A standard OLS regression model tested the predictive power of diversity utilization practice variables on the dependent variable, career progression of women to upper level management. As hypothesized, women who utilized diversity initiatives offered by their organizations decreased the amount of time it took them to achieve executive-level status(B = – .243, p = .065). It is suggested that in order to guarantee that women, and particularly minority women, participate in the effective managing of public organizations – regulations, laws, procedures and policies must be advanced through utilization

This exploratory research empirically examines the impact of the utilization of diversity organizational practices on the career progression of women to executive positions in state-level government organizations in the United States. The design includes an online survey instrument sent to a purposive sample of 600 female administrative agency executives in 50 states. A standard OLS regression model tested the predictive power of diversity utilization practice variables on the dependent variable, career progression of women to upper level management. As hypothesized, women who utilized diversity initiatives offered by their organizations decreased the amount of time it took them to achieve executive-level status(B = - .243, p = .065). It is suggested that in order to guarantee that women, and particularly minority women, participate in the effective managing of public organizations – regulations, laws, procedures and policies must be advanced through utilization

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Categories: Equity, Gender, Public Administration, Representative Bureaucracy