Jette Steen Knudsen publishes an article in “Perspectives on Europe”
Jette Steen Knudsen: Private Sector Career Trajectories for Women in the U.S. and Denmark: Welfare State vs. Corporate Diversity Programs
From the preface of the volume:
This issue of Perspectives on Europe features a mini-forum on national models of integration in Europe. In both academic and popular venues, debates about European approaches to integrating immigrants typically invoke distinct national approaches or models, such as those commonly labeled ‘assimilationist,’ ‘republican,’ or ‘multicultural.’ The inherent presumption is that different countries exhibit distinctive approaches which reflect national values and histories. Yet the notion of models as an analytical approach has been increasingly criticized by academics as too normative, simplistic, and static.
One of the essays in this issue presents equally stimulating voices on a wide-range of issues. In a comparative piece, Jette Steen Knudsen takes us inside Danish and American corporations to understand why women, contrary to the image of Denmark as a paragon of gender equality, enjoy greater opportunities for advancement within American firms. Her study suggests that the gender equity promoting elements of European welfare states have less impact on female professional advancement than do diversity promotion policies and practices within firms. Thus, the key to supporting women’s advancement may lie more in changing firm practices than expanding welfare state programs such as maternity leave or childcare.
Jette Steen Knudsen: “Private Sector Career Trajectories for Women in the U.S. and
Denmark: Welfare State vs. Corporate Diversity Programs” in European Perspectives 2010:4, pp. 5-13, ISSN 00462802, Council for European Studies, Columbia University.