Through a lens of self-care and wellbeing, this book shares stories of struggle and success from a diverse range of women in academia.
Each story highlights how these women mitigated and overcame various barriers as part of their academic trajectory and provides practical strategies for maintaining self-care and wellbeing. Taken from lived experience, the autoethnographic narrative approach provides a deeper, personal understanding of the obstacles faced by women throughout an academic career and guidance on how these might be navigated in a way that avoids self-sacrificing.
This collection goes further to illustrate the ways that higher education institutions can be more accommodating of the needs of women.
Part I: Women and the Changing Academia
1. Of glass ceilings and glass cliffs: Navigating the gendered academy
Ida Fatimawati Adi Badiozaman, Voon Mung Ling, and Kiran deep Sandhu
2. The holy trinity of teaching, research, and service
Roslina Abdul Latif
3. The dancing lecturer: Crafting the strong woman in the academia
Mumtaz Begum Aboo Backer
4. Carrying the world on your back: The burden of self-care for under-represented women
Part II: Identity Formations and the Career Trajectory
5. Solitude, sanctuary, and pseudo-mentors: A pandemic lens on an early career transition into doing and being research/researcher
6. Journaling As Self-Care, Journaling For Personal And Professional Development: A Visual Narrative
Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim
7. Give me wings, and I will fly
8. Navigating fieldwork amidst my menstrual cycle: Being a female ethnographer in a remote Indian region
9. Mentoring practices in higher education: Self-care through the lens of the mentee in the era of remote learning
Anisha Kaur Sandhu
Part III: Of Well-being and Self-care in Academia
10. A polyvagal pathway: Implications of Pursuing It All
Deena Kara Shaffer
11. Carving your destiny in academia as a "lecturer" and a "mother"
Soubakeavathi A/P Rethinasamy
12. Navigating and building resilience in academia: Dual perspectives
Betty Exintaris, Nilushi Karunaratne, and Anisha Kaur Sandhu
13. A great escape for my survival as a female academic in Japan: my story, my career trajectory
14. Uncensored? Writing our resistance as an act of self-care
Michaela Edwards, Louise Oldridge, and Maranda Ridgway
15. Of wellbeing and self-care in academia
Moreoagae Bertha Randa