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A Women-Only Leadership Development Program: Facilitating Access to Authority for Women in Swedish Higher Education?
Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5171-2783
2019 (English)In: Social Sciences, ISSN 2076-0760, Vol. 8, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores a national women-only leadership development program in Swedish higher education, the so-called IDAS program (an acronym for Identity, Development, Advancement, Support). IDAS encouraged and supported women academics to pursue leadership/administrative careers in higher education and was a unique intervention, aiming to increase the number of women Rectors. By drawing on interviews with some of the women who participated in the IDAS program and subsequently became Rectors, the article provides a valuable case study over best practices to increase women senior leaders in higher education. Notwithstanding the success of the leadership program, the article also deals with resistance and criticism linked to equal opportunity initiatives such as this. The article analyzes the criticism voiced by the women interviewed and suggests that it can be understood in relation to different conceptions of gender and gender (in)equality.

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MDPI, 2019. Vol. 8, no 5
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women-only, leadership development program, higher education, Sweden, Rectors
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-80071DOI: 10.3390/socsci8050137ISI: 000683571100008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85067311802OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-80071DiVA, id: diva2:1394302
Available from: 2020-02-18 Created: 2020-02-18 Last updated: 2021-12-30Bibliographically approved

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