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Title:How women in higher education negotiate work and home: a study of selected women at a university in South Africa
Authors:Bhana, DeeviaISNI
Pillay, Venitha
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Geographic term:South Africa
gender inequality
External links:http://www.codesria.org/IMG/pdf/5-_Bhana_Pillay.pdf
Abstract:The Council for Higher Education in South Africa notes the lack of women doing research in South African universities. Focusing on the experiences of South African women academics, this article highlights the ways in which inequitable gender relations fuel women's marginalized position in higher education. The article is based on qualitative material, drawing from focus group interviews with eight women at a research-led university in South Africa. The findings reported include the gendered dimensions of negotiating home and work, pointing both to obstacles that limit women's agency and to prospects for hope by elucidating new possibilities for the development of women's agency. Being women in higher education and mothers at the same time is regulated by restrictive understandings of gender. But women are not simply victims of this discourse. Hence, greater care must be taken in understanding women's gendered roles that inhibit their greater participation in research. Transforming gender relations and working towards equity are, therefore, crucial to women's success. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]