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Survey for female academics

The Women Who Write are interested in knowing more about the experiences of women in academia. As yet, few studies have explored women’s perspectives and experiences as academics in Australian and International universities. Women are still disproportionately underrepresented in senior positions, yet women often seek to ‘work differently’ and ‘be differently’ in academia.

The Women Who Write would like to understand your perspectives and to provide a space for you to share your experiences. They are seeking to know how satisfied you are as a female academic, and for you to identify the challenges and benefits you have experienced and are currently experiencing in terms of your academic work.

Participation in this study is voluntary. Participation involves the completion of an anonymous online survey. You are invited to volunteer 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey.  Please be aware that 12 of the questions are open-ended, and so you are very welcome to take much more time to respond and elaborate or expand on the topics if you wish to. There are 23 questions in the survey including demographic questions, satisfaction-related questions and open-ended questions. By completing the survey you are providing your consent to be involved in the survey and for the data you provide to be used in related/future research projects. Your identity will not be known at any stage. If you find that the questions stimulate recollections, emotions and thinking about negative experiences please know that you can discontinue the survey at any time without any need to explain.

The survey can be found here.

Once the survey responses have been gathered and analysed, the findings will be used to support understanding of female academics’ perspectives and experiences of their work.  A summary of results will be prepared and presented online at the following website




Beyond ANU

Date posted

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute