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In Her Own Voice: Identity Centrality and Perceptions of Workplace Climate in Blogs by Women Scientists

Jocelyn Steinke




Social identity theory offers a useful perspective for understanding women scientists’ perceptions of the gendered workplace cultures they encounter. This study of blogs written by women academic scientists, found that regardless of whether they exhibited work identity centrality or family identity centrality, women scientists experienced identity interference. This was related to workplace climate, perceptions of job opportunities, workload, research funding, resources/equipment, networking opportunities, professional recognition and respect, and work-family balance.  Implications for policy, practice, and social change are discussed.



women in science; social identity theory; workplace climate; identity integration

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