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Incorporating Women into International Studies: Working Their Way In

Meredith Reid Sarkees and Marijke Breuning

Subject International Studies » Women's Caucus

Key-Topics institutions, women

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444336597.2010.x


Comment on this article   The relative absence – and recent entry – of women in international studies is easy to spot at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association (ISA). One only has to view the scholars making their way from one meeting to another, chatting in the hallways, or congregating at book displays or receptions. Women make up a smaller percentage of the crowds and they tend to be clustered in younger age groups than among the men. Not only are women a minority in international studies, but research has also found that women scholars tend to adopt different research agendas, on average, than do their male colleagues ( Maliniak et al. 2008 ). Both their minority status and their research agendas tend to place women on the margins of the discipline of international studies. Yet, as the percentage of women has grown, women have adopted a variety of strategies for “resisting at the margins,” or finding places for themselves within the profession, and for ensuring their professional success. In addition to being an academic discipline, international studies is also an academic profession with its own rules for defining professional competence and for establishing the criteria for advancement. Measures of professional competence remain rooted in traditional (male-authored) criteria ( Sjoberg 2008 ), which affects women's prospects for advancement in the profession. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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