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Gender imbalance in the maritime industry: impediments, initiatives and recommendations


MacNeil, AC and Ghosh, S, Gender imbalance in the maritime industry: impediments, initiatives and recommendations, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 9, (1) pp. 42-55. ISSN 1836-6503 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2016.1271262


The reality of a global gender imbalance in the workforce is undeniable. However, it is even more profound in the traditionally male-dominated maritime industry, where women make up a mere 2% of the workforce. Although the maritime industry has adopted initiatives towards closing the existing gender gap, the integration of women into the maritime industry has been at a sluggish rate due to various impediments. This paper not only traces the issue of the gender imbalance to its historical roots but also highlights the current impediments and challenges unique to the maritime industry towards achieving gender equality in its workforce. Using a review of literature, this paper also brings forward the various initiatives put in place to facilitate the integration of women into the maritime sector and suggests recommendations for the same. The paper acknowledges that women are a growing force and the need to close the gender gap is widely accepted. However, even though many initiatives have led to an increase of female presence, there is room for further efforts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gender imbalance, maritime, male-female, workforce
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:MacNeil, AC (Ms Anna MacNeil)
UTAS Author:Ghosh, S (Dr Samrat Ghosh)
ID Code:113476
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2017-01-04
Last Modified:2017-10-19

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