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Why is it so difficult to reduce gender inequality in male-dominated higher educational organizations? A feminist institutional perspective

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posted on 2020-10-02, 10:53 authored by Pat O'ConnorPat O'Connor
Using a Feminist Institutional perspective, and drawing on a wide range of evidence in different institutions and countries, this article identifies the specific aspects of the structure and culture of male-dominated higher educational organizations that perpetuate gender inequality. Gender inequality refers to the differential evaluation of women and men, and of areas of predominantly female and predominantly male employment. It is reflected at a structural level in the under-representation of women in senior positions and at a cultural level in the legitimacy of a wide range of practices to value men and to facilitate their access to such positions and to undervalue women and to inhibit their access. It shows that even potentially transformative institutional interventions such as Athena SWAN have had little success in reducing gender inequality. It highlights the need to recognize the part played by the ‘normal’ structures and culture in perpetuating gender inequality.

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Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;45 (2), pp. 207-228

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Taylor and Francis

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peer-reviewed

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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 2020 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03080188.2020.1737903

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