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Women encounter difficulties to reach apical and top level positions in academic career

Sat 1.4.2017 12:50 am

The analysis of gender disaggregated data about the academic members show that the female presence significantly decreases passing from the category of junior/senior researchers to the highest level positions of associate and full professors, indicating the existence of the so called 'glass ceiling' or vertical gender segregation. This phenomenon is confirmed by the under-representation of women in decision-making positions, such as heads of departments or institutions, and members of executive boards. The low percentage of women in positions of power may have repercussions on decisions affecting the entry and the retention of women within the higher levels of the academic hierarchy. Moreover, it is likely to act as a deterrent to young women embarking on a scientific career and an obstacle to their progression to the first stages of academia. This phenomenon, which is common to all the academic fields, tends to be even more evident in IST/ICT fields due to the lower presence of women at all levels.

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Submitted by Ortenzia Pellegrino on Thu, 2017-05-18 15:36

Strategic choices or political initiatives aimed at promoting full participation of women in decision-making structures at all levels could be useful, focusing on the enhancement of their managerial and skills and by strengthening a gender perspective in politics, economics and culture.

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HR practices and management processes

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Academic staff members
(Junior) Professors
Postdoctoral researchers
Doctoral researchers (PhD candidates)
Members of committees and decision-making bodies
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