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

Carolyn Noble (Carolyn Noble is Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, NSW, Australia.)
Jane Mears (Jane Mears is Senior Lecturer and Department Head in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of Western Sydney, NSW, Australia.)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Publication date: 1 December 2000

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.

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Noble, C. and Mears, J. (2000), "The impact of affirmative action legislation on women working in higher education in Australia: progress or procrastination?", Women in Management Review, Vol. 15 No. 8, pp. 404-414. https://doi.org/10.1108/09649420010379312

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