“Institutionalized sexism in business world means higher a woman rises the higher the costs of having that position” – @uajamie, @skepchicks

sociology - women's work (4)

Lack of promotions (or applications for promotions) in the business world (see also: academia) are little to do with women’s ambitions or talents, argues Jamie Bernstein on skepchick, and much more about the expectations placed on women outside of, and in, work which only get worse the more successful women become. A group of women researchers at Harvard recently released the results of […]

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“Need to push back against idea that femininity somehow at odds with serious science” – @uajamie, @skepchicks

women, science, STEM

Jamie Bernstein on skepchick cautions against condescending to women, and vilifying femininity, in the push to encourage more women into STEM areas. Good points, and well made. Over at Quartz, Shannon Palus wrote a great piece about how condescending so many campaigns to get women into STEM are, whereby companies market to women using female stereotypes under the assumption that it […]

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#academia: when teamwork doesn’t work for women

women - women and men (Esther Lui)

On collaborative publishing (between women and men) and gendered (nay, sexist) credit in academia. The piece refers to publishing in economics but the findings could potentially be extrapolated, particularly to traditionally “male” disciplines. From the NYtimes: Economics remains a stubbornly male-dominated profession, a fact that members of the profession have struggled to understand. After all, if the marketplace of ideas […]

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research: student evaluations are better and predicting gender bias and grade expectations (from @insidehighered)

education - higher education

The latter we’ve all known for a long time. The former is repeatedly confirmed in research. Certainly something to remember for the new “TEF”. From insidehighered: There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations […]

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“A small group of academics — primarily women — end up taking on this kind of care-work at colleges.”

“A small group of academics — primarily women — end up taking on this kind of care-work at colleges and universities. We know that women in academe are expected to do more service work, and women and faculty of color often do more advising and mentoring than white male professors do. That is especially true of what my colleague calls […]

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#inhaste: Who are the radical academics today?

#inhaste (transp)

Indeed. From the Winnower: “This brief article suggests radical scholarship needs redefinition in the reality of contemporary university life. It must include the conduct of research that supports justice; greater relevance and engagement outside the university; and more attention to  “…the ethics by which and toward which knowledge is produced”, meaning the maintenance of sound personal ethics in everyday life. […]

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#todayin: who would have thunk it! Gender bias in evaluations of evidence of gender bias

sociology - gender bias (2)

I think I’ve leave this one to speak for itself too. Write-up (and good unpicking) from feministphilosophers: A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that men and women are not equally receptive to experimental evidence of gender bias in STEM settings.  Ian Handley and colleagues reported the results of three experiments.  In the first […]

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Women’s working lives in the ‘new’ university

sexism - women in academia

Is there room for any women other than the “exceptional woman”, let alone women with children, in the new hyper-stratified university? Feminist academic, Angela McRobbie, writes for Open Democracy on what it is like to be a woman in the ‘new’ university. Note how she argues that universities are still often, in practice and ethos, the preserve of the male […]

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Why should we focus on women in STEM?

feminism - equality, women in science

Before I explain the why. I suppose I’d better explain the what. What is the women in STEM issue. For those that don’t know STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. And currently we have a problem in STEM subjects and careers. That problem is the low uptake of women. This is not just a recruitment problem, in fact […]

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Social media and solidarity in higher education (by @DrMagennis)

Thanks to the Sociological Imagination for posting this (I’d missed it earlier). Top work by Caroline Magennis. There’s a great article on the THE, in which Caroline Magennis reflects on the success of the conversation she started recently about being an academic from a less privileged background: What are the challenges of being an academic from a less privileged background? Questions of ‘fitting in’ but […]

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#todayin: sexism: research: John vs. Jennifer: A Battle of the Sexes

history - amazing women (Ada Lovelace) (women in science)

More research evidence on the bias towards male applicants in science. Respondents were asked to rate students with identical job applications – half were for an applicant named “John” and half for an applicant named “Jennifer”. The results showed that: “with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.” If […]

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