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Invisible Barriers, Undeclared Wars: Subtle Resistances to Women's Leadership in Academia

Invisible Barriers, Undeclared Wars: Subtle Resistances to Women's Leadership in Academia
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Author(s): Lina Kurchenko (Kyiv National Economics University Named After Vadym Hetman, Ukraine)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 23
Source title: Policy and Practice Challenges for Equality in Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Theresa Neimann (Oregon State University, USA), Jonathan J. Felix (RMIT University, Vietnam), Elena Shliakhovchuk (National Transport University, Ukraine) and Lynne L. Hindman (Oregon State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7379-2.ch001

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Abstract

Despite the indisputable progress of gender equality in academia in recent decades, the relative stagnancy of women's participation in decision making and resource distribution remains a global issue. There is growing evidence that a large part of gender inequality in higher education and research cannot be explained by explicit measurable factors. Male bias is encoded in societal and academic culture and to a significant extent determines subconscious choices and decisions benefiting men. This chapter analyses cultural reasons behind gender inequality and typifies them in a form of a matrix based on gendered attitudes to women's leadership in academia. The analysis of typical resistances reveals psychological and social mechanisms of subtle gender discrimination and is followed by a set of proposed preventive measures.

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