The two-body problem

Posted on 29 October 2017 by Anne Harrington

It’s not particularly surprising that not having a supportive spouse will hurt a woman’s career and, over time, potentially also undermine a marriage. However, it turns out that it’s not only their husbands who presume that a wife’s career will take a backseat to male ambitions. In a recent article, Lauren Rivera finds that academic
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As I was saying…

Posted on 17 October 2017 by Anne Harrington

Men interrupting women is a common, some would even say universal, phenomenon. In their article, “Gender in Engineering Departments: Are there gender differences in interruptions of Academic job talks?” the authors link it to “the persistent under-representation of women faculty in academic engineering departments” by investigating how often job talk candidates get stopped and questioned.
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Gender bias in teaching evaluations

Posted on 24 June 2017 by Anne Harrington

Here’s a nice list of references documenting the finding that teaching evaluations reflect significant gender bias: Boring, A., Ottoboni, K., & Stark, P.B. (2016, January 7). Student evaluations of teaching (mostly) do not measure teaching effectiveness. ScienceOpen Research. Uttl, B., White, C.A., & Gonzalez, D.W. (2017, September). Meta-analysis of faculty’s teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of
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Attitudes to gender equality explain more than gender difference

Posted on 8 June 2017 by Anne Harrington

Recent findings on gender and foreign policy from Elin Bjarnegård and Erik Melander: “The analyses clearly demonstrate that gender is, indeed, important for understanding patterns of hostile attitudes, but that instead of focusing on differences between men and women, the explanatory value rather lies in the differences in attitudes to gender equality.” Sources: Bjarnegård, E. and Melander, E.
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Some UK universities increasing already very high percentage of male professors

Posted on 31 May 2017 by Anne Harrington

According to a recent article in the Times Higher Education, the number of female professors at some UK universities has declined despite efforts to promote gender equality, such as the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN charter scheme. Louise Morley, director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research at the University of Sussex, put it even better.
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