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Turning Good Policies into Good Practice: Why is it so difficult?

Lisa Lee, Wendy Faulkner, Carme Alemany


Many engineering employers have introduced policies to improve the retention and progression of women engineers. However, a recent EU project reveals that the uptake and the impact of such policies is generally limited and often uneven; having a good set of policies on paper does not necessarily translate into good practice on the ground. We explore the reasons why highlighting first of all organisational failings in the effective implementation of such policies and in employers’ commitment to gender change; and second, attitudinal barriers of awareness and attitudes to gender politics. This analysis adds weight to arguments that engineering organisations need to undergo major ‘culture change’ if good gender equality and diversity policies are to be turned into good practice.

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