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'I was completely oblivious to gender': an exploration of how women in STEMM navigate leadership in a neoliberal, post feminist context

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Nash, M and Moore, R, 'I was completely oblivious to gender': an exploration of how women in STEMM navigate leadership in a neoliberal, post feminist context, Journal of Gender Studies pp. 1-13. ISSN 0958-9236 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09589236.2018.1504758

Abstract

Women are under-represented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields worldwide, particularly in leadership positions. We explore this phenomenon by examining the leadership experiences of 25 women who were actively seeking to enhance their leadership capacities in STEMM fields from five countries in the Global North. We argue that women in this study seemed to be caught in an ‘ideological dilemma’ between recognizing sexism and gender bias in their organizational contexts and seeing their organizations as gender neutral. We argue that a post-feminist climate and a neoliberal ethic of meritocracy in science render inequality difficult to articulate and address. Considering this dilemma through the lens of ‘cruel optimism’, we suggest that women are problematically bound to a fantasy of success in STEMM in which leadership is attainable through arduous effort.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women in STEMM, feminism, neoliberalism, postfeminism, leadership, science, gender
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Other Studies in Human Society
Research Field:Gender Specific Studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Dr Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Moore, R (Ms Robyn Moore)
ID Code:127418
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-07-26
Last Modified:2018-12-03
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