ABC-CLIO

Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace

Transgender and Gender-Diverse Discrimination

by Alison Ash Fogarty, PhD, and Lily Zheng

 

Estimates suggest that approximately 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender.

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April 2018

Praeger

Pages 192
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics LGBTQ Studies
  Business/General

A delicate exploration of the discrimination that gender-diverse people face, this book analyzes the relationship between gender identity and performance in the workplace while considering the emotional and economic survival of those who identify as transgender.

The transgender community is more visible now than ever before, but the diversity within this community has remained obscure in the workplace as organizations, corporations, and institutions struggle to keep up with the rate at which transgender communities are gaining visibility. For leaders seeking best practices related to bathroom access, workplace transition, hiring practices, inclusive workplace culture, and more, this book offers guidance and novel policy recommendations designed to ensure the success of transgender employees.

Extending the existing theoretical literature on masculinity in the workplace, gender discrimination, and gender performance, the book introduces the new concept of "doing ambiguity." It contains original research complemented by humanizing narratives from transgender people that provide insights into rarely explored non-binary, gender-fluid, and genderless experiences. In addition, it identifies factors that may preclude and minimize discrimination, including strategies pursued by transgender people at the individual level as well as policies employed at the organization level, and outlines a pragmatic set of policy recommendations for employers, community leaders, and others looking to help transgender people thrive in organizational environments.

Features

  • Discusses long-ignored nuances of transgender identity through narratives of non-binary, gender-fluid, and genderless experiences, in the context of workplace discrimination
  • Extends existing theoretical literature on masculinity in the workplace, gender discrimination, and gender performance
  • Identifies factors that may preclude and minimize discrimination
  • Proposes a pragmatic set of policy recommendations for employers, community leaders, and others
  • Provides best practices around such policy items as bathroom access, workplace transition, hiring practices, and inclusive workplace culture
Author Info

Alison Ash Fogarty, PhD, is a sociologist, sexual empowerment coach and educator, and the founder of TurnON.love. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology and Gender & Society. She earned her doctorate at Stanford University.

Lily Zheng is a design researcher with Stanford University's Diversity and First-Generation Office. A writer and activist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Psychology Today, and Stanford Politics, Zheng speaks around the world on topics of social justice, transgender inclusion, and sexuality. In her role as a diversity and inclusion consultant and transgender advocate, she works with organizations to turn positive intent into positive impact through inclusive policy, innovative practice, and intergroup communication. She earned her master's degree in sociology at Stanford University.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"This informative and analytical book, by Alison Ash Fogarty and Lily Zheng, focuses on the harsh workplaces experiences (embodying discrimination, isolation, and hostility) of 25 transgender and genderfluid individuals in the San Francisco Bay area. However, this work goes a step beyond by offering strategies for avoiding and reducing bias. It's a must-read for employees and employers everywhere."Windy City Times

"A blunt primer and call to action for leaders serious about recruiting and retaining diverse talent."Associations Now

Endorsements

"Gender Ambiguity provides many comprehensive narratives of transgender experience that anyone working with the trans community should read. By drawing upon the personal stories of trans people, Fogarty and Zheng are able to cleverly discuss the emergent implications of gender identity in the workplace. This book is perfect for everyone who is in business, education, or simply wants to know more about gender. The authors' creativity and dedication to the trans community makes the book a delight to read."—Eli Erlick, Director, Trans Student Educational Resources

In the News

Refinery29, "The Next Wave Of Feminism Supports The Empowerment Of All Genders", 3/27/2018

The Stanford Daily, ‘Doing ambiguity': a Q&A with Lily Zheng, 4/24/2018

INTO, These Researchers Are Trying To Make The Workplace More Trans Friendly, 5/10/2018

Entrepreneur, Want to Create a Trans-Inclusive company? Invest in These 2 Things., 5/14/2018

Fairygodboss, What It's Like to Be a Transwoman in a Male-Dominated Field, 5/15/2018

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