Gender Roles Case Studies


Level: Advanced
Topic: Men & women
Grammar Topic: General
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Published: 1st Sep 2007

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Gender roles business case studies (Functional language for agreeing and 

disagreeing) Worksheet 1 

In pairs, discuss the best solution to the problems below: 


The last manager of the warehousing section of the company left because of all the 

sexist language, topless calendars etc. The best qualified candidate to replace her is also 

a woman. 

There are far more many men than women being employed in your company. A report 

on the reasons for this suggests it is mainly because the graphology (handwriting 

analysis) reports of the female applicants suggests that they do not have the right 



The best applicant for the manager’s job in a foreign subsidiary is a woman, but the 

culture of that country makes it difficult for local men to accept being subordinate to a 



The best applicant for a job is a man, but you feel like you need to boost the number of 

female executives in your company 



The person in the HR department in charge of company policies on sex discrimination 

and other equal opportunities is a man, but you think maybe the decisions will be more 

likely to be accepted by the female workforce if it comes from a woman 


A woman who is up for promotion has openly spoken to her colleagues about her desire 

to have children in the near future 



The chairman of the company is an old English gentleman who always looks out for the 

female Head of Marketing. However, she just wants to be treated like all the other 

executives and thinks special treatment undermines her authority. 


If you can’t come up with any possible solutions for any of the problems above, ask your 

teacher for a copy of Worksheet 2 to help you.

Written by Alex Case for © 2007 


Gender roles business case studies 

Worksheet 2- Decision Making Tips 


Here are some solutions that you might want to consider: 


Send the person on a training course before they start work 


Send that person’s future colleagues on a training course before that person starts work 


Explain the situation to that person or their future colleagues, one to one or in a group 



Choose someone of a particular gender to avoid problems, even if they are not the best 

qualified or most experienced candidate 


Keep the present system in place 


Scrap the present system 


Make minor changes to the present system 


Keep the present system but think of some way of making it appear to the people 

involved that it has changed 


Written by Alex Case for © 2007 


Gender roles business case studies 

Worksheet 3- Language of agreement and disagreement 

Divide the expressions below into language for agreeing and language for disagreeing: 

You’re not kidding! 

You took the words right out of my mouth! 

I wholeheartedly agree 

You’ve gotta be having me on! 

Well, maybe, but.... 

That’s just what I was about to say 

I’m in complete agreement 

I can see where you are coming from, but... 

I wouldn’t quite put it that way myself. 

I suppose you’re right 

Come off it! 

Surely not! 

I’m of the same opinion 

You really think so? 

No, definitely not! 


Divide the language again, this time into the four categories in the boxes below 

Complete/ strong agreement 










Limited agreement 

Strong disagreement 







Can you think of any more language for each of the four boxes above? 

Listen to some of the other groups’ ideas from Worksheet 1 and give your reactions. 

Written by Alex Case for © 2007 

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