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International Gender Gaps, Management, Culture

International Gender Gap
There are many American females working in China and in India. Gender gaps more prevalent, however, exist in other countries such as South Asia, parts of Africa and the Middle East.
Research and discuss how women are faring in overseas assignments by American-controlled businesses. Are women holding management positions in these assignments? Discuss at least one country example (South Asia, part of Africa, the Middle East or another area) where a gender gap exists due to cultural and/or local practices. Select a country where the gap shows great contrast in gender equality. Discuss what you have learned.

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When U.S. managers go on assignments to foreign countries, women managers in particular face the heat of gender differences. When we talk of gender differences, Islamic nations come to our mind since in their religion women are prohibited to step out of home and work. However, the differences are not restricted to Islamic nations, in fact, majority of Latinos, Africans, and Southern Europeans segregate, control, and limit female behavior ("Managing machismo...", n.d). Foreign machismo however becomes a major problem when US business women are on assignments overseas. While in US there is gender equality, in regions like Middle East, South Asia or Africa, people are not used to taking instructions from women. Foreign women are relegated to subordinate positions even though their role gives them much more authority. These regions assign too little status to a US women manager ...

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Topics of gender inequality and staffing in international location are covered