Negotiating the Glass Ceiling: Careers of Senior Women in the Academic World

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Taylor & Francis US, 1998 - Education - 216 pages
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Why is it that in many universities the number of women professors can literally be counted on the fingers of one hand while the number of men number in the hundreds? Why are women academics so relatively disadvantaged and men so firmly in control?
In an attempt to find answers to these questions Negotiating the Glass Ceilinggathers together the unique personal reflections of 16 eminent women working in higher education across the world. These personal reflections document some of the changing patterns of women's lives in higher education since the war, a time of massive social change within education itself, as well as in women's lives outside higher education. They also illustrate that the changes that have occured have been hard won and not without consequences for the women involved.
 

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Contents

International Perspectives
23
The Career of a German University
35
Career Paths of Women Chief Academic
48
The Autobiography of A Scholar
60
A Lifetime of Learning
75
A Flying Start
83
An Accidental Academic
101
An Interesting Career in Higher Education
114
Luck Hard Work and An Unplanned Career
126
The Road Not Taken
135
Health and Efficiency
147
From Rags to Riches to Rags Again
160
The Accidental Manager
179
Theoretical and Practical
199
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Madeleine Arnot is Lecturer in the Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Jesus College.

Miriam David is Visiting Professorial Fellow at the London University Institute of Education.

Gaby Weiner is Professor of Teacher Education and Research Ume? University, Sweden.

Woodward is of Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.

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