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Employment and Women's Studies: The Impact of Women's Studies Training on Women's Employment in Europe, Final Report

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00082


The Amsterdam Treaty (1997) identified a gap in the employment rates between women and men in Europe, resulting in the greater economic and social exclusion of women. This project on 'Women's Employment, Equal Opportunities and Women's Studies in Europe' (acronym: EWSI; website addresses the issue of women's employment by focussing on a particular group of women, those with Women's Studies training in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK. Conducted between October 2001 and October 2003, and funded by DGXII (Research) of the European Commission as part of Framework 5, this is the first cross-European project producing systematic comparative research into the issue of what happens to women with Women's Studies training in the employment market.
The project found that Women's Studies as a discipline is not fully established in any European country, that most women take it as a module within a traditional discipline and come across Women's Studies by chance once they are at university. Those who take Women's Studies are more likely than students from other arts and humanities disciplines to want to remain in education. The latter is a key factor in determining labour market participation. The EU should therefore use the Bologna process to ensure that Women�s Studies as a discipline is fully established in all European countries.

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