Global Women’s Studies and Gender ARC at NUI Galway are pleased to invite you
Dr. Antoinette Flynn
The Rhetoric and the Reality of Being a Female Accountant in Ireland: Exploring Gender Barriers*
Date: Wednesday 22 October
Venue: Room 1001, First Floor, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
Abstract: This study is set in the context of a steady rise in the total
proportion of female members across the six chartered accountancy bodies
worldwide. Little is known about the career progression experiences of these new
female accountants, or of their aspirations for senior management positions.
This study investigates the perceptions of both male and female accountants on a
range of previously identified gender progression barriers. We find evidence of
a divergence between the perception and the reality of the lived-experience of
female accountants, across the gender divide. It is clear that rather than
address corporate cultural barriers the rhetoric of being a female accountant
does not meet the reality. These findings contribute to the existing Irish
accounting gender research and augment the female management and career
Dr. Antoinette Flynn is a lecturer and researcher with the Department of
Accounting and Finance, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.
Antoinette received her BBS (Finance) from Dublin City University, her MBS
(International Business) from University College Dublin and her PhD in
Accounting from University College Dublin. Dr. Flynn is currently teaching
International Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis and Management and
Financial Issues for SMEs. Her research interests span the disciplines of
accounting and finance to include corporate finance in small and medium sized
enterprises, mergers and acquisitions, earnings quality in international capital
markets, gender in the accounting profession and accounting education. She is a
member of the research themes Public Policy, Enterprise and Sustainability and
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing under the overarching theme of 'Organisation
Science and Public Policy' in the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.
She is also a member of Gender ARC, a cross-disciplinary, cross-university
research group hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society,
University of Limerick.
*Paper co-authored by: Dr. Antoinette Flynn, Emily Kate Earlie, and Dr. Christine
Cross, University of Limerick.
For further information, please contact Gender ARC LSS coordinator Emma Brännlund: