Gender in Science without Numbers: From academia to work-life balance. Main Results of Case Studies

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Maria Thanopoulou ; Joanna Tsiganou (2016)

The present volume titled «Gender in Science without Numbers: from academia to work-life balance» refers to the qualitative research undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research, in the context of a project on «Work-life balance in the context of changing families and labour market in Greece». This project has been part of the European Area’s Financial Mechanism WORLBAL, with code EEA GR07/3939. The volume includes short reviews of the main results of case studies focusing on the work-life balance of eleven categories of women professionals and scientists. The qualitative research showed that the relationship between work and family life has been significantly influenced by the new conditions imposed by the recent economic crisis. Seven years after the advent of the crisis, the Greek society has undergone a variety of changes which are reflected in income, employment, state care services, benefits and allowances affecting those working in both, the public and the private sector. Within these conditions, the relationship between work and family life, as shown by the project’s case studies, has suffered by the successive shocks of social transformations taking place during the crisis. This is especially true for women professionals. In addition, key dimensions of gender inequality existing even before the recent economic crisis have been prevalent as well.
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