Exploring women's academic careers in cross‐national perspective: Lessons for equal opportunity policies

  title={Exploring women's academic careers in cross‐national perspective: Lessons for equal opportunity policies},
  author={N. L. Feuvre},
  journal={Equality, Diversity and Inclusion},
  • N. L. Feuvre
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Purpose – In recent years, several countries and/or higher education institutions have adopted equal opportunity policies to promote women's access to the upper levels of the academic career structure. The purpose of this paper is to argue that there is no universal solution to the glass ceiling that women face within academia. Insofar as the feminisation process evolves according to a variety of models, according to national and occupational context, the solutions adopted in one context may… Expand

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