by Bristol University Press and Policy Press
8th March 2022

To mark International Women’s Day this year we are launching a series of Transforming Society articles to celebrate our female authors and editors: Women in academia and practice.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias, imagining a diverse and equitable world, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. To get there we need to work collectively and sharing our stories is an important part of this.

In each article our authors and editors have answered questions about their experiences as women in practice and academia: what their work is and how they got there, the challenges they have faced, what needs to be done to address the challenges women face generally, the advice they would give and what they believe are the biggest obstacles to gender equality today.

Check back here to browse the articles in this series, which will always be listed on this page.


Articles in the ‘Women in academia and practice’ blog series:

Ann Oakley #BreakTheBias

Ann Oakley:Gender equality is still mainly interpreted as enabling women to behave and be treated more like men; it’s about equal pay, equal employment opportunities, equal training and education. But it should also be about equal housework, equal childcare, equal caring responsibilities.” Read the article here.


Sue Scott #BreakTheBias

Sue Scott: “…if University leaders would listen to women right across the institution (not just academics) and operate on the basis that if the University is a good place for women, it will be a good place for everyone then things would improve.” Read the article here.


Marie Lall #BreakTheBias

Marie Lall: My advice to any woman in academia is to set out a career strategy, identify what you want to do and what needs to be done to get there, and say no to anything that will interfere with that.Read the article here.


Gill Hague

Gill Hague: “But also work to make sure your academic career isn’t marginalised and your dedication exploited. And don’t give up hope, despite the current hostile and marketised academic management milieu.” Read the article here.


Banu Ozkazanc-Pan

Banu Özkazanç-Pan: There is a lack of interest and empathy on the part of those who benefit from gender and racial inequality in academia – what incentives do they have to change when academic institutions are built by and for them? Read the article here.



Se-shauna Wheatle: ‘No’ is a powerful word, and we can be reluctant to use it, for fear of turning down opportunities or disappointing others. However, it is important to protect your time and your wellbeing by saying ‘no’ when your plate is full.” Read the article here.


Mim Bernard

Miriam Bernard: Like many women, I have also had to contend with misogynistic, sexist and discriminatory attitudes over the years. I vividly recall being asked in interview (for a residential post supporting students), ‘why should we give you the job as you’re only going to get married and have kids?’ Read the article here.


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