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Women in Higher Education Management: Agents for Cultural and Structural Change?

Institute for Advanced Studies, 1080 Vienna, Austria
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(6), 172; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8060172
Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 13 May 2019 / Accepted: 28 May 2019 / Published: 5 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women and Leadership in Higher Education)
This article examines whether and under which conditions a rising participation of women in higher education management contributes to cultural and structural change in science and research. In Austria, the introduction of a statutory quota regulation for university decision-making bodies like the rectorate, the senate, or the university council brought about a rapid and substantial increase in the share of female rectors and vice rectors. However, there are also gender-specific differences among rectorate members: women are significantly younger than men when they take up a rectorate position and switch less frequently from a professorship to such a position. This situation and the gender expertise of the rectors and vice rectors themselves contribute to the potential for change. Explicit gender equality goals and the establishment of gender competence as a qualification criterion for all rectors and vice rectors would be needed to make use of the potential of women in the rectorate to be agents for cultural and structural change. View Full-Text
Keywords: women in higher education management; quota; cultural change; gender equality; gender competence women in higher education management; quota; cultural change; gender equality; gender competence
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