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Gender, Work and Organization. Vol. 15 No. 2 March 2008doi:10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00376.xWhy Do All the WomenDisappear? Gendering Processesin a Political Science DepartmentJohanna Kantola*The article provides an in-depth analysis of the gendering processesamong PhD candidates in a political science department. It uses JoanAckers theory of gendered organizations operating through four dimensions: the gendered division of labour, gendered interaction, genderedsymbols and gendered interpretations of ones position in the organization. The article combines this approach with theories of hidden discrimination. The key theoretical aim is to contribute to gendered organizationaltheory by examining the ways in which hidden discrimination and thegendered organization work together. This generates detailed and differentiated knowledge about the mechanisms of hidden discrimination thatproduce gender inequalities in the department. The ndings presented inthis article point to the role of gendered division of labour and the lack ofinformation about departmental practices. PhD supervision by men is aparticularly strong structural barrier for women because of the genderednature of interaction in supervision and the difculties that female PhDstudents have in a male-dominated environment. The article further contributes to debates on gendered organizations by focusing upon the gendered symbols of expertise in political science. These symbols reproducethe

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