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Exploring career‐life success and family social support of successful women in Canada, Argentina and Mexico

Pamela Lirio (Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Terri R. Lituchy (John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)
Silvia Ines Monserrat (Universidad Nacional del Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Miguel R. Olivas‐Lujan (Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Tecnológico de Monterrey, Clarion, Pennsylvania, USA)
Jo Ann Duffy (College of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)
Suzy Fox (Institute of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Graduate School of Business, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Ann Gregory (Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada)
B.J. Punnett (University of the West Indies, Barbados)
Neusa Santos (Pontifica Catholica Universidade, São Paulo, Brazil)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 13 February 2007




The purpose of this paper is to examine career‐life issues of successful women in the Americas.


A total of 30 interviews were conducted with successful women in Canada, Argentina and Mexico. Themes were pulled from the interview transcripts for each country, analyzed and then compared across countries, looking at universalities and differences of experiences.


The women in all three countries conveyed more subjective measures of career success, such as contributing to society and learning in their work, with Canada and Mexico particularly emphasizing receiving recognition as a hallmark of career success.

Practical implications

This research provides insight into the experiences of successful women in the Americas, which can inform the career development of women in business.


This research contributes to the literature on women's careers, highlighting successful women's experiences across cultures and in an under‐researched area: Latin America.



Lirio, P., Lituchy, T.R., Ines Monserrat, S., Olivas‐Lujan, M.R., Duffy, J.A., Fox, S., Gregory, A., Punnett, B.J. and Santos, N. (2007), "Exploring career‐life success and family social support of successful women in Canada, Argentina and Mexico", Career Development International, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 28-50.



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