The Boys’ Club

  • Carmel Diezmann
  • Susan Grieshaber


The previous chapter identified four types of catalysts and four inhibitors of career progression for women academics: Individual Influences, Academic Work Influences, Academic Environment Influences, and Social Influences. The Boys’ Club was named, along with other influences, as an Academic Environment Influence that inhibited women’s career success, but was not discussed in Chap.  6 because it is the focus of this chapter. This chapter considers the history of the Boy’s Club in Australia and the move from club to culture. After reporting some of the survey responses related to the Boy’s Club culture, selected excerpts from the individual interviews that speak to women’s lived experiences of the culture of the Boy’s Club are explored in more depth. This is undertaken using ideas from theorists Butler, Derrida, Foucault, and Spivak.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmel Diezmann
    • 1
  • Susan Grieshaber
    • 2
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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