LEAKY PIPELINE AN ANALYSIS ON FEMALE ACADEMICS IN TURKEY
DELİK BORU TÜRKİYE’DEKİ AKADEMİSYEN KADINLAR ÜZERİNE BİR ANALİZ

Author : Hatice KARAKUŞ
Number of pages : 533-556

Abstract

Leaky Pipeline is a conceptualization, referring to the status of women academicians who are out of the system just like the water leakage from a pierced pipe in certain stages of academic life at universities. The figures point out the problem concerning which the women could not make progress and also become permanent in academy rather than entering into the academy. This study was established on the empiric and theoretical examination of the reasons and situation, slowing down women in the system. In accordance with this purpose, semi-structured interviews were carried out with the academician women who are working at universities and asked the pars pro toto impressions of the women academicians. The phenomenology and interview (face-to-face meeting) are the prominent approaches in the study. The followings are the reasons, slowing the women academicians down in the system; not updating herself at the postdoctoral stage, creating a weak academic capital from an academic mobility designed according to the family life, caring the traditional roles more than the public roles and incorporating the public roles into the traditional roles, having a problem abiding the academy, perceiving the academicianship as a business not as a profession, desire of woman to live conformist, attitudes, giving priority to their husbands, exhibited by the women within the same occupational group. Any strong tendency, related that the marriage or having a child create this hesitancy, was not obtained in this study. The other results obtained from the fieldwork are non-formation of a thought concerning the administratorship in women, unwillingness of a woman not to reveal herself, fear of separation, and negative approach to the woman administrator. The existence of all these reasons slows down the existence of women in the system.

Keywords

Leaky Pipeline, University, Academy, Woman, Gender Roles

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