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The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context

On-line version ISSN 1989-4007Print version ISSN 1889-1861


BASTIDA, María  and  MOSCOSO, Silvia. Steel barrier: legal implications from a gender equal opportunity perspective. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context [online]. 2015, vol.7, n.1, pp.13-22. ISSN 1989-4007.

In recent decades, legal Acts, norms, and regulations have proliferated in order to ensure equal opportunities for women and men in multiple contexts, including public and private organizations. Nevertheless, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that, to date, real and legal equality do not match. The current context of the global economy suggests that there may now be a new barrier, related to the fact that women have been partially excluded from positions abroad which would facilitate the acquisition of professional and personal skills which are essential in the present century. This new inequality in access to senior management seems to be in contradiction with the different pressures and initiatives put in place to achieve equality of opportunities between women and men, protected in our national and international laws. In this paper, the main causes excluding women from international assignments, and consequently from senior management, are reviewed, highlighting the motivational and legal aftereffects that this trend may have.

Keywords : Equal opportunities; Indirect discrimination; Barriers to promotion; Expatriate women.

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