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Progress and stagnation of gender equity: contradictory trends within mathematics research and education in Sweden

Brandell, Gerd LU (2008) In ZDM 40(4). p.659-672
Abstract
During the last decade women in Sweden have reduced men’s lead in participation in mathematics education and in professional careers as mathematicians. However, the development is uneven and slow overall. In some areas and at the highest levels women have increased their participation only marginally. Why, one may ask, is progress so slow after almost twenty years of active work from the Women and Mathematics movement in Sweden and within a society in which gender equity is highly valued at the societal and political levels? The development is described in quantitative measures going back twenty years. Several concrete and successful initiatives from the last decade intended to “de-gender” mathematics and to involve women and men alike in... (More)
During the last decade women in Sweden have reduced men’s lead in participation in mathematics education and in professional careers as mathematicians. However, the development is uneven and slow overall. In some areas and at the highest levels women have increased their participation only marginally. Why, one may ask, is progress so slow after almost twenty years of active work from the Women and Mathematics movement in Sweden and within a society in which gender equity is highly valued at the societal and political levels? The development is described in quantitative measures going back twenty years. Several concrete and successful initiatives from the last decade intended to “de-gender” mathematics and to involve women and men alike in mathematics are described. In contrast a gender-blind position or a view of women as problems in mathematics seems to reign within some influential bodies. (Less)
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education, gender, equity, recruitment, academic staff, research, Mathematics
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40
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4
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659 - 672
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Springer
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1863-9690
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10.1007/s11858-008-0127-7
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  author       = {Brandell, Gerd},
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  keyword      = {education,gender,equity,recruitment,academic staff,research,Mathematics},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {659--672},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {ZDM},
  title        = {Progress and stagnation of gender equity: contradictory trends within mathematics research and education in Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11858-008-0127-7},
  volume       = {40},
  year         = {2008},
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