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Bifurcated Business: Smith and Feminist Theory for Organizations


For this communication “uh oh,” I created a case study based on a scenario in an organization “by women, for women.” I was not involved in the original scenario, and  I’ve changed the details, but the issues are real. I address the question: What role does gender play in a woman’s organization? How can gender be an issue if everyone in the organization is the same gender?

One big question in the industry not addressed here: do we need women’s-only business organizations at all? What do you think? Do Western women have special needs related to business?


Rakow, L. F., & Nastasia, D. J. (2009). On feminist theory of public relations: An example from Dorothy E. Smith. In Ø. Ihlen, B. van Ruler, & M. Fredriksson (Eds.), Public relations and social theory: Key figures and concepts (pp. 252-277). New York: Routledge.



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