Equal Opportunities in Social Science Research Careers

Court G, Rick J, Dench S, La Valle I, Moralee J | Report 310 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jan 1997

Commissioned by the ESRC, the focus of this study was on women’s careers in social science research. Women now account for 45 per cent of the workforce, with increasing participation in the professions. Nevertheless they remain concentrated in lower levels where their full potential is unrealised.

This study assesses the current situation of women researchers in social sciences, by sector and discipline. It examines issues of career prospects and barriers, as raised during interviews with women researchers at different stages in their careers. Recommendations are made for encouraging equal opportunities.

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