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Intersectional analysis of family-friendly benefits usage and career advancement of women department heads in Los Angeles County

The current literature on women's career advancement and usage of family-friendly benefits in the public sector lacks recent studies of the relationship between the two topics. In addition, public administration literature with intersectional analysis is limited to a few studies. This paper reviews the public administration literature on bureaucracy, women's barriers to career advancement, work-life benefits, and intersectionality. This paper also includes a proposed research study consisting of a semi-structured phone interview with Los Angeles County women department heads and related agency heads. The respondents would be asked about their career path, work-life balance, and usage of family-friendly benefits. The study would be analyzed using intersectionality tools of intracategorical and intercategorical methods, combining gender and racial identity into one observable variable. Findings would be used to increase the bureaucratic representation of women minorities in leadership positions by recommending effective work-life benefits to suit the needs unique to women minorities, particularly of Black, Latina, Asian, and Native American descent.

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