Dueling schemata: Dialectical sensemaking about gender

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Recent scholarship has shown that, despite the broad representation of women in the workplace, gender inequities in organizations remain widespread. Because gender schemas - embedded ways of thinking about men and women - contribute to this phenomenon, addressing such mental models should be a part of gender equity initiatives. This article provides data that suggest that some individuals hold within themselves quite contradictory schemas of men and of women. It then illustrates how individuals can use these internal inconsistencies to push through superficial understandings of gender to more complex ones. By facilitating this learning process in training and other kinds of organizational events, change agents can strengthen organizational efforts to achieve gender equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-372
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Applied Behavioral Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Dialectics
  • Gender
  • Organizational development and change
  • Sensemaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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