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Practicing what we teach? An autobiographical reflection on navigating academia as a single mother

Schlehofer, Michele ;Mulvey, Anne ; Angelique, Holly

Journal of Community Psychology, January 2012, Vol.40(1), pp.112-128 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Practicing what we teach? An autobiographical reflection on navigating academia as a single mother
  • Author/Creator: Schlehofer, Michele
  • Mulvey, Anne ; Angelique, Holly
  • Language: English
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Community Psychology, January 2012, Vol.40(1), pp.112-128
  • Description: Despite the contributions of feminist theory and practice to improve workplace conditions in various sectors of business and industry, academic workplaces largely remain structured around a traditionally hierarchical, male workplace model and culture, which can inhibit women's career advancement. Using autobiographical narrative, I draw upon my own experiences as a single mother working in the academy to highlight women's acceptance and advancement in the academy. These experiences illustrate many themes pertaining to how women are evaluated at work, differential treatment of female versus male faculty and mothers versus childless women, and women's abilities to balance work and family. I conclude with recommendations for how we as feminist community psychologists can improve our own academic work environments © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0090-4392 ; E-ISSN: 1520-6629 ; DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20490