Journal Article (Refereed)
The Gender Subtext of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Organizations: A Review and Critique
Sappleton, N & Takruri-Rizk, H 2008, 'The Gender Subtext of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Organizations: A Review and Critique', Women's Studies, 37(3), pp.284-316.
Despite over 30 years of equality legislation, women in science, engineering and technology in the UK remain severely under-represented. This paper explores the broad array of explanations for this concern, beyond palpable sex discrimination. This literature review employs a complex range of complementary and conflicting approaches over multiple disciplines, reflecting the complexity of gender identity, stereotyping and inter-sex relations. We then discuss how certain structural, cultural, identity and interactional arrangements combine to hinder the effective operation of the equality agendas in the workplace, and suggest how a ┐diversity┐ approach to equal opportunities is the way forward to eliminate organizational sex segregation.