There’s so much life out there! Work-life conflict, women and accounting graduate programs

Nganga, C. S. N., Nova, S. P. d. C. C., Silva, S. M. C. d. and Lima, J. P. R. d. (2023) There’s so much life out there! Work-life conflict, women and accounting graduate programs. Revista de Administração Contemporânea, 27(2), e210318. (doi: 10.1590/1982-7849rac2023210318.en)

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Objective: this article discusses women’s experiences during their doctoral education in accounting, focusing on the work-life conflict. Theoretical framework: we adopted feminist theories to discuss the imposed social role on women through the sexual division of labor and how this social role relates to the search for balance between personal and professional life. Method: we adopted constructionism as the epistemological strand and feminist post-structuralism as a theoretical perspective. We conducted in-depth interviews to construct the research corpus. We analyzed the evidence through template analysis and ordered codes according to the research characteristics and purpose. Results: due to the fact that the academic structure replicates the sexual division of labor found in society, imposed dichotomies were found as ‘abandonment or postponement’ of personal life to the detriment of academic life, mainly by issues related to motherhood and the high demands of graduate programs. Conclusions: as a result, we conclude that female doctoral students play several social roles traditionally attributed to women. Therefore, they relegate their personal lives, deciding to postpone marriage and maternity or entering doctoral studies. Thus, considering both the personal relationships built with peers and teachers and the academic institutional environment, the academy still needs to advance to contemplate the trajectory of women so that the difficult choices do not fall on them. The paper contributes to the literature by offering insights and reflections specific to the accounting Brazilian academia.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors thank the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior for the financial support for the research in this article.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lima, Mr Joao Paulo
Authors: Nganga, C. S. N., Nova, S. P. d. C. C., Silva, S. M. C. d., and Lima, J. P. R. d.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Revista de Administração Contemporânea
ISSN (Online):1982-7849
Published Online:26 October 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 RAC
First Published:First published in Revista de Administração Contemporânea 27(2):e210318
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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