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Nevertheless They Persisted: Gendered Frameworks And Socialization Advantages In Indian Professional Service Firms, Swethaa Ballakrishnen Jul 2018

Nevertheless They Persisted: Gendered Frameworks And Socialization Advantages In Indian Professional Service Firms, Swethaa Ballakrishnen

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This article uses the Indian case to offer further nuance to these narratives about the impact of global cultures on the gendered experience of professional work. I find that while gender certainly infiltrates all workspaces through the framework of a background identity, there remain occupational and organizational differences in the ways in which women experience their environments. Particularly, while Indian women lawyers overall are more disadvantaged in many ways than their international counterparts, women lawyers in very elite law firms do much better than both their local and global peers. A confluence of factors might be responsible for this unusual …


'Why Is Gender A Form Of Diversity?': Rising Advantages For Women In Global Indian Law Firms, Swethaa Ballakrishnen Jan 2013

'Why Is Gender A Form Of Diversity?': Rising Advantages For Women In Global Indian Law Firms, Swethaa Ballakrishnen

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Preliminary fieldwork suggests that despite many obstacles still present in the larger profession, women in India’s big, elite law firms are not discriminated against or disadvantaged as compared to their male peers. This “gender does not matter” narrative is not uncommon among successful women in high status work. However, what is unique is that this narrative is substantiated by their personal experience: they receive similar organizational rewards (pay, promotion, client attention) and interactional status among clients, peers and superiors alike. This is an intriguing finding in that it does not correspond to mostly gender-disadvantageous accounts of women in high status …