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Vohlídalová, Marta. 2018. „Vědkyně v době pětiletek a v době soutěže: ženské vědecké dráhy před rokem 1989 a po něm.“ Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review 54 (1): 1-33. Available from:

Women researchers in the age of the Five‑Year Plan and in the age of Competition: Women’s research Careers before and after 1989

The paper focuses on the changes that have occurred in women’s
academic research careers and compares two generations: women who built
their career under state socialism (before 1989) and the contemporary young
generation of women. It aims to contribute to the discussion of how the current
transformation of science and the academic work environment has impacted
gender equality and women’s careers in academia. A life‑course approach is
used to analyse the interplay between individual, institutional, and structural
barriers in women’s careers. Drawing on in‑depth narrative interviews, the
analysis focuses on the interaction between academic research work paths,
institutional and organisational conditions, and family paths and examines
the milestones that formed the career paths of women now and in the past,
how the dynamics of an academic research career have changed, and how the
ways and conditions for combining work life and motherhood have changed.
The author argues that the neoliberal transformation of the academic labour
market and current Czech family policy leave women increasingly less able
to fit their life biography into their preferred career model than they could
before 1989.

gender, academia, research, life‑course, women, careers
Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 2018, Vol. 54, No. 1: 3–33


sociology of science
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