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ERIC Number: EJ815167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Family-Friendly Policies and Gender Bias in Academia
Mayer, Audrey L.; Tikka, Paivi M.
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v30 n4 p363-374 Nov 2008
Several recent reports on the status of women in US academic institutions have recommended more generous family policies to encourage and retain more women among academic staffs. Many of the policies suggested are modelled on those that have been in effect in Nordic countries for decades. The status of women among Finnish and Swedish academic staff ranks is examined, with the assumption that women should be better represented if family policies are a significant factor in advancement and retention. It is found that similar conditions for female academics exist in the US as in Nordic countries, suggesting that advancement may be more dependent upon prevailing social conditions and gender stereotypes. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Sweden; United States