The careers of female aerospace engineers: 'managing like a man'?
Department of Labour anda Welfare Studies University of Milan Milan, Milano
Depatrment of Labour and Welfare Studies University of Milan Milan, Milan
This paper presents an analysis of gender relations in a specific male-dominated field - that of aerospace engineering - examining data on the 'pioneer' women who entered the field in Italy, graduating from 1962 to 2005. Its aim is to explore gender differences in career choices and enduring patterns of sex segregation despite the equivalent educational credentials and similar life trajectories of men and women. The paper looks at an old question - what are the reasons for the barriers to the advancement of women? - in a particular high-tech area of applied science, and revisits earlier literature on women working in non-traditional jobs in the 1970s and 80s drawing on the concepts and hypotheses put forward therein, while at the same time contextualizing them within the general framework of theories of gendered organizations as they have been redefined in recent years.