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ERIC Number: ED478752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-24
Pages: 39
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Mobilization among Women Academics: The Interplay between Feminism and the Profession.
Hart, Jeni
Little of the scholarship that focuses on the professional lives of women faculty addresses how faculty women mobilize or how and with whom they create networks to work in academe. Women now make up more than 50% of the undergraduate student population, and just over 40% of Ph.D. recipients are women. Many campuses house women's centers and other resources for women. There has also been an increase in the numbers of feminist organizations throughout the academy. A study examined organizations that are feminist and activist primarily from a feminist perspective, since power within the academy is primarily patriarchal. The literature review focused on the mechanisms women faculty have pursued to transform higher education. Specifically, the study explored the scholarship on the networks women faculty create and on the activist strategies in which they engage. It used a comparative case study design to intensively investigate, over the course of a semester, two feminist faculty organizations at two public research universities: the Association for Women Faculty (AWF) at the University of Arizona and the Faculty Women's Caucus (FWC) at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). Findings suggest there is no one model to describe academic feminism and that activist women faculty in campus-based grassroots feminist organizations construct their lives in multiple ways. Based upon the data, the AWF has been labeled a professional organization of feminists, while the FWC is labeled a feminist organization of professionals. (Contains 34 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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