This paper aims to examine how women perceive the assumption that they are receiving different and unequal treatment in appraisal in two British universities. The research literature has argued that men and women appear to have learned that women are different and not equal in organizations. The theorists have debated the issues of difference or sameness and equality at some length but as yet empirical investigation has not looked at what women themselves have learned and how they may, or may not, see themselves as different and not equal.
In‐depth interviews from two universities were used.
The findings show that, while the women do not necessarily see themselves as being seen to be different, men see them as having different and inferior qualities. Women are seen as “other” when measured against the standards and norms set by men.
Linkages are made to the work of de Beauvoir, Foucault and Irigaray.
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