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Women in Science: Lessons from Australia

Bell, Sharon (2010). Women in Science: Lessons from Australia. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology,2(3):437-452.

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Title Women in Science: Lessons from Australia
Author Bell, Sharon
Journal Name International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 3
ISSN 2040-0748   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 437
End Page 452
Total Pages 16
Publisher Open University
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Outstanding women are increasingly seen achieving at the highest levels and taking key roles in the fields of science and technology. However, a number of recent international studies provide evidence of persistent patterns of horizontal segregation (by discipline) and vertical segregation (by level of seniority and measures of esteem) of women in higher education and research. Research undertaken in Australia by the author Sharon Bell for the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS) on women in science suggests that the question of women in higher education and research is a half-prosecuted agenda that continues to impact on productivity and innovation. This research affirms Professor Bell's earlier work on women in research undertaken for the Australian Vice Chancellors' Committee. It is argued that this agenda now needs to be advanced through systematic organisational cultural change and changes to our construction of the ‘ideal science worker'. An evidence-based change implementation framework is proposed.
Keywords Gender
Organisational change
Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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