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Revista iberoamericana de educación superior

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PAREDES-WALKER, Victoria. Women who set a precedent in Engineering. Their experience in an academic career at a research university in Chile. Rev. iberoam. educ. super [online]. 2020, vol.11, n.30, pp.137-159.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 2007-2872.

This case study, carried out at the School of Engineering of a research university in Chile, seeked to understand the experience of full-time academics in a context of growing institutional participation, through interviews with academics and managers. Despite having surpassed stereotypes that identify science and professional success with the masculine, they experience other clichés that associate women with family care. There is evidence of the importance of peer support networks and of the existence of institutional initiatives, but many aspects still need to be improved. Thus, the experience of these academics is setting precedents, being also an example for other institutions.

Keywords : women; academic career; engineering; stereotypes; academic networks; Chile.

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