This article focuses on exploring whether mentoring programs for women can speed the process of bridging the gender gap. Several measures have been taken in the past to ensure that gender equality in the workplace and society is practiced at the grass-roots level. However, the problems encountered during such an exercise may be compounded by the women’s own attitudes towards their place in the social hierarchy and their potential as well as their assessment of other women. This paper, based on a literature review, explores the prevailing attitude of women towards other women and their right to employment. When few women finally climb up to leadership positions, they face the problem of a double bind, a struggle between ambition and gender stereotypes. Research from India addressing women’s attitude towards work, and the grass-root issues that prevent growth opportunities for them have been gathered and analysed to understand if mentoring is required as an intervention. This paper explores if mentoring might be a necessary intervention to narrow the gender gap, and whether attitude-building among women is key to ensuring equal representation of women in the workplace.
"Why Mentoring is Essential in Creating Support Systems for Women,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
7, Article 6.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss7/6