#womenslives: She writes about a disturbing, familiar pattern

#womenslives: She writes about a disturbing, familiar pattern: Since I started writing about women and science, my female colleagues have been moved to share their stories with me; my inbox is an inadvertent clearinghouse for unsolicited love notes. Sexual harassment in science generally starts like this: A woman (she is a student, a technician, a professor) gets an email and […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: “Male and female respondents blamed sexist attitudes for the ability of men…”

Male and female respondents blamed sexist attitudes for the ability of men to fast-track their careers, despite the overwhelming numbers of women at entry and junior level. There was a strong perception among respondents that, in the words of one respondent, “men are seen as ‘special assets’ to be retained/promoted, while the women expected to fall by the wayside on […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: women aren’t special: the insidious nature of benevolent sexism – @rolereboot


A friend of mine recently shared a Vox article written by a self-proclaimed progressive dude titled, “Democrats should start accepting pro-life liberals like me” (spoiler, he’s really pro-choice). While the piece has its points, one line in particular didn’t sit well with me. The author, in an attempt to prove his progressive cred, begins listing the values that make him […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: what does it mean when we call women girls?


Tackling the “girl” trend has become a bit of a trend in itself, but often these pieces elide a meaningful distinction between two kinds of “girl” book: those whose plots revolve around actual, underage girls and those whose titles describe adult women. Conflating the two makes sense if you’re wondering how girly the market has gotten (answer: very), but—as any […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: The simple truth about the gender pay gap (Spring 2017) – @aauw From introduction to report:  In 2015, women…


#patriarchiesrealign: The simple truth about the gender pay gap (Spring 2017) – @aauw From introduction to report:  In 2015, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of  what men were paid, a gap of  20 percent (Proctor et al., 2016). The gap has narrowed since 1960, due largely to women’s progress in education and workforce […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: #research: women absent from introductory political science texts – @PSAWomenPol


Despite compelling arguments for gender mainstreaming in political science education, evidence indicates that very little mainstreaming is taking place. This is likely related to a knowledge gap regarding politics and gender. As Ernest Boyer noted: “[A]s a scholarly enterprise, teaching begins with what the teacher knows.” Nevertheless, professors would be hard-pressed to know everything there is to know about their […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: New study suggests women’s papers receive greater critical scrutiny #academia #research

But that headline doesn’t even scratch the surface of how interesting this study is. Erin Hengel examined papers by economists in top journals. She found: Women’s papers took longer from submission to publication Women’s abstracts were more readable than men’s (employing standard measures of readability) Women’s papers improved in readability than men’s, during the transition from draft to final published […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: “The responses from the girls, however, were heartbreaking – they just wanted to be thinner”

The findings suggest that the problem may be getting worse, with the survey reflecting a five-year decline in girls’ body confidence. Almost 40% of girls aged seven to 21 do not feel happy with how they look in 2016, compared with 27% in 2011. The results are hardly surprising, in a world where airbrushing is ubiquitous. When I visit schools […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: women and work


On refinery29, and following on from this post, here’s some more on women and work. labour. Headline: “Across the globe, women spend about 4.5 hours a day on unpaid labor, such as child care and household chores. For men, that figure drops in half.” Also: “The expectations affect a woman’s ability to work outside the home.”That’s a pretty significant difference, […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: Only 16% of Australians in Stem professions are women, and pay gap is ‘unacceptable’

Same old, same old. Guardian (emphasis added): Women make up less than one-fifth of Australians qualified in science, technology, engineering and maths and continue to be paid less than their male colleagues. It is a finding of a new report by the Office of the Chief Scientist, which shows 16% of the 2.3 million Stem-qualified Australians are female, with engineering […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: sustained gender inequality in the British Government

Che Ramsden in openDemocracy unpicks the sustained gender inequality in the British Government. See also: Strengthening democracy: tackling the over-representation of men. This piece: opendemocracy (emphasis added): Last year, having failed to label himself a ‘feminist’ in the run-up to the General Election, David Cameron finally qualified, when challenged by Rupa Huq MP, he said that “if feminism means we […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: gender imbalance in science

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, an associate prof. of informatics explores another gender imbalance in science. We know that women less likely to promoted and to progress in the sciences, and this piece describes how they are more likely to be doing the “donkey work” in the lab while male colleagues are credited with the brain work of data […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: young children must be protected from ingrained gender stereotypes

The piece below (from Laura Bates on the Guardian) shows a few examples of the everyday sexism that feeds into children’s education – “One [parent] referenced their son’s physics homework, which used examples of men pushing vans, lifting weights, climbing trees and shooting arrows. The sole female example was a woman pushing a pram. […] Numerous questions involved men doing […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: Boys are doctors; girls are nurses

Boys are doctors; girls are nurses From Sociological Images: Our Pointlessly Gendered Products Pinterest board is funny, no doubt. When people make male and female versions of things like eggs, dog shampoo, and pickles, you can’t help but laugh. But, of course, not it’s not just funny. Here are five reasons why. 1. Pointlessly gendered products affirm the gender binary. […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: From Vaught’s Practical Character Reader

From Vaught’s Practical Character Reader, published in 1902 and revised in 1907, by Emily H. Vaught. There are some wonderful illustrations here (thesocietypages.org) from a book published by Emily H Vaught in 1902. It is about using physiognomy to assess the character of others. I particularly love the advice for men who wish to “take a wife” and how to […]

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