This qualitative study seeks understand the phenomena that activate women’s success in STEM disciplines where women’s representation has not yet attained critical mass. A poststructuralist emphasis on complexity and changing nature of power relations offers a framework that illuminates the ways in which elite academic women navigate social inequalities, hierarchies of power, and non-democratic practices. Feminist poststructural discourse analysis (FPDA) draws from the women’s experiences to better understand their complex, shifting positions. Eight female tenured full professors of STEM at research-focused universities in the United States participated in the study. Data sources were in-depth semi-structured interviews, a demographic survey, and curricula vitae. Findings will help shape programs and policies aimed at increasing female representation and promoting achievement at senior levels in academic STEM fields.
Dekelaita-Mullet, Dianna R.; Rinn, Anne N.; and Kettler, Todd
Catalysts of Women’s Success in Academic STEM: A Feminist Poststructural Discourse Analysis.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(1), 83-103.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss1/5