Macho culture keeps women at arms length

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Macho culture keeps women at arms lengthOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Attempts to recruit women into the Army are being undermined by a‘historically masculine’ culture, a new study claims. The research, part-funded by the Ministry of Defence, reveals that while theArmy has made good progress in its equal opportunities policy, many malesoldiers and officers find it hard to adjust to the presence of women, andbelieve they have a disruptive influence. Currently, around 8 per cent of the British Army is female – a proportionthat has grown since the roles available to them expanded in 1998. Womenrepresent 9.5 per cent of officers, and 6.8 per cent of other ranks. The report’s co-author, Dr Rachel Woodward of Newcastle University, toldPersonnel Today that Army policy has embraced the idea of diversity, but isdealing with a “conservative, macho culture”. “We found that the Army is still a traditionally masculineorganisation, which is only adapting gradually to the inclusion of women – andthis adaptation process is uneven through the ranks,” she said. “Influencing cultural change is a very difficult thing to do. Peoplewithin the Army said to me that it’s like turning a supertanker,” she added. Related posts:No related photos.last_img