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This article examines how characteristics of both the organizational environment and the larger national context relate to the organizational-level variable of women's employment.

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Our study revealed that, in countries that were high in gender empowerment measure (GEM), establishments that were more supportive of part-time work options also employed a higher proportion of women. One reason for this relationship may be that in high-GEM countries offering part-time employment is a way for an organization to signal its support for work–life balance, something that makes it more attractive to women. In countries with low GEM, an establishment’s greater support for part-time work was associated with employing a greater proportion of women only when establishments experienced recruitment difficulties. Key differences in gender empowerment between countries are discussed.

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This page is a summary of: Support for part-time work as a channel to female employment: the moderating effects of national gender empowerment and labour market conditions, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, October 2014, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2014.971847.
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