Saturday, 28 March 2015
Women maritime leaders: new book
This month sees the launch of a new book: Maritime Women: Global Leadership. It's from the World Maritime University (WMU, sometimes jokingly nicknamed Women's Maritime University as its positive discrimination policies have been so successful)
The publisher, Springer's, website says the book:
~ Is the first book of its kind to focus on women in the maritime sector at a global level
~ Offers inter-disciplinary approach to gender issues in shipping
~ Covers women’s leadership in various maritime roles
~ Contains the overview of women's integration into the maritime sector
The editors are (see pictures, left to right) Dr Momoko Kitada (who has already written very interestingly about how women seafarers manage their identity strategies) Cdr Erin Williams of the US Coastguard and WMU lecturer Dr Lisa Loloma Froholdt.
The blurb says 'Even 20 years after the Beijing Declaration gender-related challenges at work still remain in the maritime sector, for example, lack of gender policy, difficulty in work-life balance, access to education, and leadership opportunities.
POLICIES CREATE ACTIONS
This seems a very good idea as women are still only 2 per cent of the world's maritime labour force.
Although WISTA International is very effective at networking women at the business end of the maritime spectrum, there are few women doing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs actually out sea.
Committed women making maritime policy can help bring on the woman captains and chief engineers, at long last.
* It would be good if the publishers made the price more accessible: who can afford that £100 price ticket?