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Women and Careers
Transnational Studies in Public Policy and Employment Equity

Edited By

Marilee Reimer

ISBN 9780367732851
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

The unifying theme of Women and Careers is women’s educational and employment success, with the objective of profiling supportive public policy in global contexts from Atlantic Canada to Western Europe, Australia and China. It takes up the career processes of women from marginalized groups who have been underrepresented historically: women who are the first generation to graduate from university in both Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick) and China and rural women from the eastern most Canadian province (Newfoundland and Labrador). It examines the situation of marginalized Protestant women in Belfast, Northern Ireland, who benefit from a European Union program that supports their political and social involvement in an economically underdeveloped region and previously unimagined in a country once wrought by sectarian violence. A policy analysis of an Atlantic Canadian region after the dominant forestry industry leaves takes up policy options and women’s possible agency should economic support return for small business networks and social enterprise, e.g., credit unions, food and social housing cooperatives. Proactive employment equity programs in Finland’s Applied Science Institute and Switzerland’s Forestry Institute provide cutting edge examples of diversity and inclusion policies in education and academia. A comparative study of Canada and Australia of two leading public service employers illustrates incremental outcomes for women managers and professionals but raises the ultimate question of the pace and necessary political will required to remove barriers to gender equality in countries with major gender inequities.


Women and Careers examines a series of institutional contexts transnationally and the impact of policies, programs and economic re-structuring on careers outcomes. It displays the latest research on the topic and will be of interest both to students at an advanced level, academics, reflective practitioners, and diversity managers. It addresses the topics with regard to women’s education and employment and will interest researchers, academics and policymakers in the fields of women’s employment and career studies, diversity programs, organization studies, development policy, gender studies and globalization.

Table of Contents


Social and Policy Directions and Women’s Careers, Marilee Reimer

Part 1. Transnational Studies of Careers, Programs and Policies

Transnational Studies of Careers, Programs and Policies. Introduction to Part 1, Marilee Reimer

  1. Atlantic Canadian Women University Graduates: Creative Career Strategies for First Generation Women, Marilee Reimer 

  2. Gendered Choices in Post-Secondary Education - Math and Science or Liberal Arts? A Study of Women Students from Rural Newfoundland, Monique Bourgeois

  3. Postgraduate Transitions in a Transforming China: Exploring Lived Experiences of First-Generation Female Students in Two Chinese Universities, Yixi Lu

  4. Towards the Good Society: Expanding Women’s Capabilities through Community-Education and European Social Policy in Northern Ireland, Susan Hodgett

  5. Considering Gender in View of Community and Economic Development Practices in Rural Atlantic Canada, A. Marguerite Cassin

  6. Part 2. Equity in Education and Government

    Making the change in work-life equity – does it really happen? Introduction to Part 2,

    Liisa Timonen and Marilee Reimer

  7. Reflections on Equity in the Finnish Working Life: A Case Study on Master’s Students as Diversity and Inclusion Promoters, Liisa Timonen, Erja Turunen

  8. Diversity and Inclusion in Institutional Development in Science and Engineering in Switzerland: A Bird’s Eye View by Ursula Gut

  9. Are We There Yet? Advancing Women in Canada and Australia: Similar Goals, Different Policies, Eddy Ng, Erica French



Conclusion, Marilee Reimer

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Marilee Reimer is a Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas University in Canada. She is the editor of an earlier collection of articles Inside Corporate U: Women in Academia Speak Out, Sumach Press (2004), Toronto, Canada.