The careers of women in French administration are still trapped under the glass ceiling. The Ministry for Culture, which is often perceived as specific because it is highly feminised, is not an exception to this rule. So how can we explain that the policies designed to promote gender equality struggle to make headway even here?
Based on analysis of life history interviews conducted with 65 members of the senior ministerial staff this book confirms the highly gendered nature of their professional trajectories. Although over three quarters of the men interviewed had an upward trajectory, more than half of the women had experienced periods of stagnation. This inequality should be understood in the context of the logics of the senior civil service and the formal and informal rules that govern successful careers there. But it is also the result of mechanisms specific to the cultural sector.