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Do women leaders of nonprofit public service organisations help to reduce the gender pay gap?

Andrews, Rhys ORCID: 2023. Do women leaders of nonprofit public service organisations help to reduce the gender pay gap? Policy and Politics 51 (2) , pp. 206-230. 10.1332/030557321X16753329868574

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It is often asserted that the representation of women in leadership positions within public service organisations is likely to result in improved outcomes for other women within those organisations. However, there has been little systematic research devoted to understanding whether this argument holds for the nonprofit organisations that now provide many public services. To cast light on this important issue, this article presents an analysis of the representation of women in leadership roles and the gender pay gap in Welsh housing associations – registered societies responsible for providing more than half of the social housing within Wales. The findings show that nonprofit service providers led by women in the most senior organisational positions may be more likely to have a lower gender pay gap, confirming arguments about the importance of actively representing female interests. At the same time, it seems that representation in the upper echelons in general is not likely to influence gender pay equality, which raises questions about whether a glass ceiling may be present, as has been observed in state-led public service provision. These findings suggest a need for more in-depth, multi-method research which systematically evaluates the way in which female leaders actively represent women’s interests in the myriad organisations that provide public services. This article has important implications given a renewed period of austerity in the public sector, which, as in the past, may threaten further progress on equality for those women who provide and receive public services.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Bristol University Press
ISSN: 1470-8442
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 February 2023
Date of Acceptance: 2 February 2023
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2024 16:30

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