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Women Leading in Academia: Voices from within the Ivory Tower

Women Thriving in Academia

ISBN: 978-1-83982-229-2, eISBN: 978-1-83982-226-1

Publication date: 26 April 2021


After years of promoting gender equality and diversity, women in academia are still failing to break the glass ceiling. The gap is, however, getting smaller, and increasingly, there are many programs within universities that offer strategies to develop academic women into leaders who have a profound impact in their institutions, communities, and wider society. This chapter presents examples of strategies – such as mentoring and sponsorship (Hardiman), finding an authentic and moral voice (Howell), teaching as an international academic (Mateo-Babiano), and leadership (Mahat) – through stories from women academics who are currently navigating the complex world of academia. These stories and strategies provide opportunities for other women to reflect about how they invest in themselves and transform the way they lead, influence, and innovate in challenging academic contexts.



Mahat, M., Hardiman, R., Howell, K. and Mateo-Babiano, I. (2021), "Women Leading in Academia: Voices from within the Ivory Tower", Mahat, M. (Ed.) Women Thriving in Academia (Surviving and Thriving in Academia), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 51-69.



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