The impact of affirmative action legislation on women working in higher education in Australia: progress or procrastination?

The impact of affirmative action legislation on women working in higher education in Australia:... This article focuses on the impact of the Australian Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity) legislation (1986), on women's employment in the higher education sector. This Act aimed to address the disadvantage faced by women in the workplace. In the academy, this meant that some of the difficulties encountered by women who aspired to careers and senior positions were to be documented and addressed. Fourteen years after its implementation, while there has been a general growth in women's employment in the sector, there still exists a glass ceiling preventing women in both academic and administrative positions moving into management structures. This article examines some of the issues that have emerged in attempting to create a "level playing field" for women in the academy with regard to supporting promotional opportunities and encouraging a positive and supportive workplace. Strategies for overcoming existing barriers and the importance of future research are emphasised. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women In Management Review Emerald Publishing

The impact of affirmative action legislation on women working in higher education in Australia: progress or procrastination?

Women In Management Review, Volume 15 (8): 11 – Dec 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
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0964-9425
DOI
10.1108/09649420010379312
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Abstract

This article focuses on the impact of the Australian Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity) legislation (1986), on women's employment in the higher education sector. This Act aimed to address the disadvantage faced by women in the workplace. In the academy, this meant that some of the difficulties encountered by women who aspired to careers and senior positions were to be documented and addressed. Fourteen years after its implementation, while there has been a general growth in women's employment in the sector, there still exists a glass ceiling preventing women in both academic and administrative positions moving into management structures. This article examines some of the issues that have emerged in attempting to create a "level playing field" for women in the academy with regard to supporting promotional opportunities and encouraging a positive and supportive workplace. Strategies for overcoming existing barriers and the importance of future research are emphasised.

Journal

Women In Management ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2000

Keywords: Equal opportunities; Women; Higher education

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