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Gender inequalities in educational and career pathways

 

Project description (completed research project)

Despite considerable efforts, in comparison with other European countries the educational and career pathways of young people in Switzerland are still very gender typical: Men seldom become primary school teachers, and only few women become heads of large banks. Women and men are very limited in their opportunities and cannot realise their full potential. In addition, these inequalities solidify the traditional division of labour within the family. At present, we still lack knowledge as to why these old patterns persist and how they can be changed.

Substantial gender inequalities still prevail in the educational and career pathways of young adults in Switzerland today. How can they be explained? What factors and mechanisms play a role? And where can changes be identified?

Aim

This project aims to explain the inequalities between men and women in their educational and career histories taking into consideration both personal and institutional factors. The focus is on the life phase of education and training up to labour market entry. The researchers use a mixed methods design and analyse quantitative longitudinal data from the TREE (Transitions from Education to Employment) study, which has been following the transition from education to employment for 10 years. Semi-narrative interviews are conducted with 30 persons who have gender-typical and gender-atypical biographies. There is a particular focus on family background, personal and institutional experiences, and ideas about career and family. The findings also give insight on the individual gender habitus of the interviewees.

Original title

Kontinuität und Wandel von Geschlechterungleichheiten in Ausbildungs- und Berufsverläufen junger Erwachsener in der Schweiz

Project leader(s)

  • Prof. Andrea Maihofer, Zentrum Gender Studies, Universität Basel
  • Prof. Max Bergman, Seminar für Soziologie, Universität Basel
  • Dr. Evéline Huber, Seminar für Soziologie, Universität Basel
  • Dr. Sandra Hupka-Brunner, Seminar für Soziologie, Universität Basel
  • Dr. Shireen Kanji, Seminar für Soziologie, Universität Basel
  • Dr. Robin Samuel, Seminar für Soziologie, Universität Basel
  • Dr. Karin Schwiter, Geographisches Institut, Universität Zürich
  • Dr. Nina Wehner, Zentrum Gender Studies, Universität Basel