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[Excerpt] In spite of the increasing number of women who are academically prepared for hospitality careers, women still appear to confront significant obstacles to their professional development. Women are leaving the hospitality industry at more than twice the rate of their male counterparts (Brownell, 1991), and, although better represented at managerial levels than ever before, fewer than 4% of industry presidents and CEOs are women (Nelsen, 1990; Ettore, 1992). The question that has been asked so frequently for several decades now is. “Why?”


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© Taylor & Francis. Final version published as: Brownell, J. (1993). Addressing career challenges faced by women in hospitality management. Hospitality & Tourism Educator, 5(4), 11-15. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.