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Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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Glass ceilings, glass cliffs or new worlds?: Revisiting gender and accounting

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Title:Glass ceilings, glass cliffs or new worlds?: Revisiting gender and accounting
Author(s):Jane Broadbent, (University of Roehampton, London, UK), Linda Kirkham, (Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK)
Citation:Jane Broadbent, Linda Kirkham, (2008) "Glass ceilings, glass cliffs or new worlds?: Revisiting gender and accounting", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 21 Iss: 4, pp.465 - 473
Keywords:Accountancy, Gender, Sexual discrimination
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/09513570810872888 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The Guest Editors would like to thank the joint editors for arranging the review of this editorial and for their support in developing this special issue. Thanks are also extended to the referees, who have helped to strengthen the arguments presented, and to the Guest Editors, who have worked so hard to provide the range of papers published. Errors, of course, remain the Guest Editors'.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to set out some contextual issues in relation to the achievements of women accountants and academics.

Design/methodology/approach – This is a discussion paper that uses academic and professional experiences as a basis from which to draw out an agenda for further study.

Findings – It is found that, despite changes over the last 30 years, the lived experience of women in accounting and academia is evidence that their academic and professional opportunities are still constrained. Two papers in this special issue offer feminist approaches to enrich study in the area, and it is argued that gender is an element that should be embedded in research in accounting.

Research limitations/implications – This editorial is a selective review and is not intended as a comprehensive review of research in the field.

Practical implications – The paper seeks to re-ignite more research in the field, using a richer range of approaches.

Originality/value – The paper sets an agenda for research and provides an argument as to why the agenda needs to be pursued.

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