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Jin Hui Li is interviewed by the DM: the stratified Danish labor market exacerbated and reproduced by gendered narratives

In the Danish journal Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv (Journal for Work Life), Associate Professor Jin Hui Li recently co-authored an article on gendered narratives for recent graduates with her former MA students who graduated in 2019, Laura Krusborg and Marie Lysemose Støvring. Li was recently interviewed on the results showing women's narratives were characterized by insecurity and success in obtaining their first jobs after graduation as luck, whereas their male counterparts were more confident in their own abilities and credited themselves more with their success in landing jobs.

Last modified: 09.02.2022

Krusborg, Li and Støvring: how we talk about performance and achievements are gendered and matter for equality on the labor market

The Danish labor market is characterized by being divided in gendered sectors and by gender inequality in pay as well as positions of power. In their article, MA Laura Krusborg, Associate Professor and PhD Jin Hui Li, and MA Marie Lysemose Støvring relate these labor market inequalities to the gendered narratives from recent graduates as reproducing the inequalities.    

Find the article: "Kønnede fortællinger – om nyuddannede humanisters møde med arbejdslivet" (Gendered narratives - on recent humanities graduates' encounter with the labor market) by pressing here.

Applying theory from Judith Butler on performativity the trio analyze recent graduates' within the humanities' own narratives on landing their first couple of jobs after graduation. Entering the labor market is of great importance for many graduates and in their article Krusborg, Li and Støvring show how male graduates talk about strategic choices, success and confidence in their own abilities, female narratives portray themselves through narratives on coincidence, challenges and insecurities in their own abilities. They conclude the stratified labor market with it's inequalities in Denmark is exacerbated and reproduced by these self-narratives.

In an interview with DM, that represents the interests of graduates and employees from the fields of natural sciences, IT, and the humanities, Associate Professor Jin Hui Li notes how women should celebrate their own and each other's victories and men can be more attentive towards privileges. Krusborg, Li and Støvring show that how we talk about performance and achievements are gendered and matter for equality on the labor market. Read the interview in full (in Danish) by pressing here.