August 23, 2013
United Kingdom – The obvious, women are the other half of the human race, excluding morphodite and their role in leadership and power is a moving target relevant to strong organizational development. The role of women in leadership is widely considered in business yet, education is a domain in which the struggle or race and gender equity remains a chasm to cross. The work of identifying factors that prevent or reduce women in leadership has been identified as a “Prospect of gladiatorial fight puts women off push for top” in academia. The study of women pushing back on the mantle of leadership as a “Global project explores the paucity of female leaders in academia” as shallow pool of players in the bigger scheme.
Times Higher Education reports, ” Women are not applying for top positions at universities because they do not want to be dragged into “gladiatorial” leadership battles, an international conference has heard. Speaking at a colloquium organised by the International Federation of University Women under its International Colloquia Project, Euginia Member George-Genyi, a lecturer in political sciences at Benue State University, in Makurdi, Nigeria, said that many female academics did not seek leadership posts because they were intimidated by the “combative and often violent” nature of running for top office.”
Further, the work identified “Others were put off by deep-rooted cultural beliefs that women who pursued leadership roles were unfeminine, Dr George-Genyi told an audience of female academics at her own university. Moreover, The danger of being labelled as wayward, too outspoken and ‘too liberated’ makes most women keep a respectable distance from university politics and leadership contests, even when they are capable of providing good leadership,” she said.”
These standards of objectification and categorizations are transferable globally as women seek to push through ceilings and burst open long held perceptions of gender, power and leadership. The standards to acquiring legitimate power in academia is one more local for breaking barriers.
Academia is a microcosm of the bigger universe. There exist in academe a city within a city producing its own culture, norms and standards for action and judgement. This organizational complexity can produce a hot bed of competition balanced against traditions that are hard to change.
Women are identifying the academic organizational construct as a complex organism that maybe for some not worth the struggle to overcome. When paucity exists the ability to build supportive mentors and alliances is one tool to overcoming the obstacles.
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