Author

Laury Fouche

Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

School of Business

First Advisor

Annetta Gibson

Second Advisor

Beverly Matiko

Abstract

The public accounting industry was described for many years as the most difficult of all the fields or a woman to break into. Today, female accountants have made significant inroads in a traditionally male-dominated profession. While institutional barriers including informal networks and resistance to organizational changes have thwarted advancement, personal factors such as confidence and family considerations have also influenced the advancement of women's careers. This research project shows that women in public accounting are nearing parity with their male counterparts due to governmentl efforts, accounting firm initiatives, and individuals' determination to attain upper management postions.

Subject Area

Accounting., Women accountants, Women in the professions

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