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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.
- 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
"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."
"A blunt primer and call to action for leaders serious about recruiting and retaining diverse talent."
"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."
2019 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List — American Library Association
- 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