Academic Careers and the Gender Gap

Academic Careers and the Gender Gap

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Women earn nearly half of all new PhDs in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Why, then, do they occupy a disproportionate number of the junior-level university positions while men occupy 80 percent of the more prestigious jobs? In Academic Careers and the Gender Gap Maureen Baker draws on candid interviews with male and female scholars, previous research, and her own thirty-eight-year academic career to explain the reasons behind this inequality. She argues that current university priorities and collegial relations often magnify the impact of gendered families and identities and perpetuate the gender gap. Tracing the evolution of university priorities and practices, Baker reveals significant and persistent differences in job security, working hours, rank, salary, job satisfaction, and career length between male and female scholars.... those who are already in financial need or family crisis (Esping-Andersen 1990 ; Kingfisher 2001; Scruggs and Allan 2006). ... by threatening to move capital, equipment, and labour offshore to countries with lower wages and operating costs.

Title:Academic Careers and the Gender Gap
Author:Maureen Baker
Publisher:UBC Press - 2012-08-31


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