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Where have all the women gone?

Posted on 14 March 2018 by Anne Harrington

We did a major expansion two years back that dramatically altered the gender balance in the department. It went from having no women on permanent staff to nearly a dozen. […]

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What you can (and can’t) learn about sexism from online gaming

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Anne Harrington

There's a new scientific study out about male motivations for sexist behavior. It's been making the rounds on Facebook. What the authors find is that lower-skilled male players are more hostile […]

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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 […]


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 […]


Steps you can take to avoid gender bias in recommendation letters

Posted on 17 October 2017 by Anne Harrington

We all do it, without even thinking about it. We gravitate to different types of words and expressions when describing women's accomplishments than when we talk about men's. Our scrips […]

On Implicit Bias and Gender Discrimination in Academic Promotion

Posted on 9 September 2017 by Anne Harrington

Reposting from the blog at LSE: "The ostensibly objective criteria outlined in many Key Performance Indicators of excellence can become highly subjective and gendered when applied in practice." O’Connor and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New findings on gender and publication patterns support earlier survey results

Posted on 2 May 2017 by Anne Harrington

One of the main findings from the research on gender and publication patterns in US-based political science, is that women are more likely than their male colleges to use qualitative […]