Brings together new writing and research on feminist experience in academia. The book covers under-researched issues: provision of care, maternalism in the academy and dynamics of interaction between women in higher education. There are challenging and provocative analyses of many questions: how large is the gap between rhetoric and reality in HE institutions? How do institutions behave towards disabled staff? How far is stereotyping still affecting the roles which women play in academia? Coping mechanisms and survival tactics are scrutinized, and the effect they have on the behavior of female academics in their interactions with the institution and each other. This book provides substantial evidence for researchers developing their own theories, and also many fresh starting points for those wishing to undertake their own research.