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Women Research Scholars in IITs: Impact of Social Milieu and Organisational Environment

Namrata Gupta
Sociological Bulletin
Vol. 56, No. 1 (January-April 2007), pp. 23-45
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23620703
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

Women in academic science and engineering form a very low proportion at the doctorate level and still lower at the faculty level in premier institutes. The universal perception of rationality and gender-neutrality in academic science has precluded any discussion on organisational environment in institutes of learning in science. This article examines the socio-cultural and structural factors that impact women in science. It compares the social milieu of men and women research scholars, and their perceptions regarding the organisational environment. The organisational milieu is found to be as important as the social milieu in influencing women. Despite the class advantage for women, they are deficient in self-confidence and have low expectations from themselves, implying a waste of talent of women who could work aggressively for the pursuit of excellence in science.

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