Eira Andersson
Eira Andersson, Luleå University of Technology.

In media: Breaking ore and gender patterns

Published: 12 April 2013

Arbetet writes about a gender project in mines at Luleå University of Technology. The project is financed by Vinnova and executives from the mining companies LKAB, Boliden and Northland Resources have together developed a common vision for a gender equal mining industry.

Eira Andersson is one of the researchers.

– The mining industry has a clear masculine position that involves body work and to set up within the team. A type of work masculinity, which is reinforced by the environment and tradition. It is underground, has the mystique, the dangerous and the dark, it is inaccessible. It gives a status, says Eira Andersson to Arbetet.

The newspaper also says that according to LKAB is 18 percent of the company's employees women. But according to Eira Andersson, the figure is uninteresting. The determining factor is where the women work. Women must approach the heart of the mining process in order to break the macho culture.