Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Hospitality Management

First Advisor's Name

Anthony G. Marshall

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Charles Ilvento

Third Advisor's Name

Donald Greenaway


Sex discrimination in employment, Florida, Miami Beach, Case studies, Women executives

Date of Defense



Since the beginning of time, men and women have been separated by the "division of labor." Men were hunters and defenders and the women nurturers, bearing the responsibility of the raising of the children and homemaking.

By the time of the Greeks, women were afforded great respect and treated with great dignity. They were looked upon as the pillars of morality and tradition.

In 1765, women had been legally declared non-persons in William Blackstone’s Commentaries on English Law. Further reinforcement of this belief was put forth by Max Weber and Sigmund Freud who both felt women had no place in organizations and business.

Women wanted recognition of their "personhood" and from the first women’s rights convention in 1848, demanding and finally obtaining the vote in 1920, through to the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's and the women’s movement which grew out of it, women have been making strong statements for equality and job opportunities.

Just how successful women have been in their demands for acceptance in the business world is examined in this dissertation.





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