Indonesian female academics and the pandemic: The challenges of COVID-19 and academic work

Zulfa Sakhiyya, Tanya Fitzgerald, Inaya Rakhmani, Evi Eliyanah, Alief Noor Farida

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to higher education. This paper explores the challenges Indonesian female academics encountered during the pandemic in which the boundaries between home and work were further blurred. Accordingly, the gender gap was further widened as unpaid and unacknowledged academic and domestic work disproportionately affected women. This paper draws on data gathered from survey, diary studies and in-depth interviews with female academics in the social sciences and humanities. It examines how Indonesian female academics juggled domestic and professional work at home, caring duties both at home and work, and shouldering administrative workloads. In addition, findings reveal that female academics found new meanings in their academic work and the importance of caring and collective solidarity, especially in a crisis such as the pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-471
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Issue number4
Early online date16 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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