Breaking the glass ceiling: The defense of the doctoral thesis as a key moment

Nazareth Gallego Morón


Statistics depict a university that does not present itself as a space for equality – despite what we might expect of a meritocratic system. Women constitute a minority in the positions of power and among high officials in the university structure. This document analyses the possible causes in the decrease of participation of women after the defense of the doctoral thesis, a key moment that represents the start of the glass ceiling. It delves on the existence of a relationship between cooptation systems and male power networks and the allocation of pre-doctoral scholarships.

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