Trying to Triumph? Academic Cares and Capacities

Triumphs:  Story 1
She’s just won a prestigious prize (at a prestigious conference): praise was rightfully delivered and she basked it the glory, in the surprise that seemed to say she’d arrived in academia (early career no more). But she was worried. Did this really signal a safety in arriving, a recognition of value, labour, contributions? […]

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Girls, Graduate Jobs and the Gender Chasm

Reports from across the world last week were claiming that we are no longer facing a gender gap but rather a gender chasm. Drawing on a new ‘gender gap’report these articles claim that even though a number of countries see more young women going to university than young men, it is men who tend to […]

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Hair, Beauty and Child Care: Gender and Careers Education for Girls

Whilst working in youth projects over the past decade or so, I have often noticed the predominance of highly gendered career guidance for young people. Too often, when discussing what career options girls were considering, the ‘holy trinity’ of beauty, hair and child care cropped up repeatedly in young women’s visions for their future and […]

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Gender Differences in Education and Youth Transitions 1985-2005

The Scottish School Leavers’ Surveys (SSLS) were a rich source of information about the experiences of young people between the ages 16 and 23., and provided longitudinal data on their secondary schooling, and their transitions through further and higher education, training, employment etc. Funded by the Scottish government from the 1970s to 2005, the SSLS […]

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