Cambridge University summit highlights challenges in chasing the still-elusive goals of equal representation and equal pay

On the 8th March 2015 Cambridge University held a summit – Delivering Equality: Women and Success.  During this event they examined the question –  What does gender equality mean for women researchers in the 21st century?







A comprehensive summary of the event by Alice Atkinson-Banasio can be seen here –

‘The theme of gender inequality seems to evoke a certain sense of resistance from both men and women, who argue against “radical feminism” and suggest that women nowadays are empowered to follow whatever career path they choose and succeed on their merits.

The battle, in other words, has been won.

Indeed, as a woman enjoying the successful pursuit of my career of choice, it felt strange to be in a room with some of the most outstanding female researchers in the world to discuss how difficult it still is for a woman to progress in her academic career compared to her male counterparts.’

‘Key takeaways from the 2015 Delivering Equality summit
•The Meaning of Success: Challenging the myth of meritocracy and improving the way we recognise and reward all valued contributions
•Mechanisms to support work and family life balance
•Addressing unconscious bias, particularly in recruitment and promotion’


At the University of Reading we will be holding a conference examining ‘Perspectives on Gender and Fieldwork’ starting at 13:30 on the 29th April.  Look out for the posters across SAGES.  Have you registered to attend?

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