Doubly Disadvantaged or an Exception to the Rules? Minority Women in Accounting Academia

38 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2013

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Margaret Lightbody

The University of Adelaide Business School

Amelia A. Baldwin

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

Brad S. Trinkle

Mississippi State University - School of Accountancy

Date Written: August 6, 2013

Abstract

“Evidence suggests that, where women and people of colour are able to gain entrance to the professorate, they are more often than not penalized by reward and prestige systems that favor men over women and Whites over non-Whites … African American female faculty occupy the most disadvantaged position of the four faculty race/gender subgroups studied. To the extent that it is true … Black female faculty experience systematic, significant disadvantages, which can result in serious, persistent obstacles to their recruitment, retention, and success in U.S. higher education.” (Allen et al. 2002, 214-5).

This study comprehensively examines 20 years of U.S. accounting doctoral graduates to determine whether such patterns exist in accounting academia. The findings suggest that minority women are doubly disadvantaged with regard to initial placement and placement further in the career, even when controlling for quality of doctoral program.

Keywords: accounting, minority, gender, demographics

Suggested Citation

Lightbody, Margaret and Baldwin, Amelia A. and Trinkle, Brad S., Doubly Disadvantaged or an Exception to the Rules? Minority Women in Accounting Academia (August 6, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306662 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2306662

Margaret Lightbody

The University of Adelaide Business School ( email )

10 Pulteney Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia
(+61 8) 830 33104 (Phone)
(+61 8) 830 34368 (Fax)

Amelia A. Baldwin (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith ( email )

5210 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 3649
Forth Smith, AR 72913-3649
United States

Brad S. Trinkle

Mississippi State University - School of Accountancy ( email )

Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States

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