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|Other Titles:||The Administrative Gender Horizon in Higher Education: A Study of Female University Deans|
Department od Education, NTNU
In Taiwan and abroad, gender inequality has long existed in universities. In both faculties and administrations, men have commonly been in the majority and women in the minority. The higher the rank or position, the greater the disparity between the percentage of men and women holding it. Female deans in these male-dominated working environments face numerous problems and obstacles. This research project used the life-story interviews of female deans as a way to understand their career paths in male-centered universities. These women's careerpaths were analyzed in terms of three factors: family responsibility, peer culture, and administrative advancement. The project discovered that, even though their life stories were quite different, three female deans faced the same forms of structural oppression. The findings suggest that while in their marriages both husband and wife suffered the same pressure from the social structure, when it came to administrative advancement there was a clear gender gap. After the deans became involved in the administrative system, the all-male or “old-buddy” administrative culture became a common problem. While it was thought to be very difficult to build social connections and networks in the male-dominated work environment, project participants thought that an alternative“old-girl” network was the best solution. Furthermore, as far as the capacity for leadership is concerned, it was concluded that an administrator with female characteristics may finally be just as effective as one with male characteristics.
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