Gender and careers: women in academia
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
School of Business and Law
Prior research has investigated the barriers in the academic pipeline that result in the unequal representation of female academics in senior positions at Australian universities. There appears to be, however, a lack of research into the significant bottlenecks that occur between the two mid-level academic levels and the two most senior academic levels and the role that these bottlenecks play in the consequent gender inequity at senior organisational levels. To progress the gender agenda at universities, Federal legislation and organisational policies may be complemented by organisational strategy and we contend that these strategic efforts could be directed to the points at which the inequity commences. Understanding the dynamics of these pressure points could unlock career opportunities for female academics.