#patriarchiesrealign: Women who perform femininity are judged to be less suited to science #academia  #research – @socimages


Sexism in American society has been on the decline. Obstacles to female-bodied people excelling in previously male-only occupations and hobbies have lessened. And women have thrived in these spaces, sometimes even overtaking men both quantitatively and qualitatively. Another kind of bias, though, has gotten worse: the preference for masculinity over femininity. Today we like our men manly, just like we […]

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#todayin: academia: #research: women academics do more “servce work” to their possible professional detriment


Women shoulder a disproportionately large workload at home in ways that might disadvantage them professionally. But are female professors also “taking care of the academic family” via disproportionate service loads? A new study says yes and adds to a growing body of research suggesting the same. “We find strong evidence that, on average, women faculty perform more service than male […]

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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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#womenslives: female academics and the ‘flexibility myth’ @ rolereboot


There’s a flexibility myth in academia. It goes like this: Academic mothers have it much better than other professional mothers because of their flexible schedule—a luxury women in business, journalism, law, and medicine don’t enjoy—which allows them to set their own hours, and chart their individual paths to success. It’s tempting to buy into this myth, a kind of variation […]

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#research: Judith Butler (b. 1956) is a philosopher and theorist

celebratingamazingwomen: JudithButler (b. 1956) is a philosopher and theorist whohas had a great shaping influence on political philosophy, as well as feminist andqueer theory. She is a Professor of Literature at the University of California,Berkeley, and the Hannah Arendt Chair at the European Graduate School. Some of her most famous and significant works are Gender Trouble and Imitation and Gender […]

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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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#todayin: academia: Persistent sexual harassment is a primary reason women leave STEM

Persistent Sexual Harassment Is a Primary Reason Women Leave STEM (jezebel) “The absence of women within STEM programs is not only progressive, it is persistent,” Hope Jahren writes in a recent essay in the New York Times.By Stassa Edwards “Indeed, despite programs designed to interest girls in STEM, GoldieBlox, and supermodels celebrating the virtues of coding, the fields are still […]

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#todayin: academia: Excellent list of resources (part. if you’re working on Athena Swan or similar)

Excellent list of resources (part. if you’re working on Athena Swan or similar). From HASTAC. In 1961, Phyllis Richman applied to graduate school at Harvard and received this letter of rejection. Overview The often unconscious and unintentional biases against women, including in academe, have been well documented in the autobiographical writings of authors such as Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Patricia […]

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#research: national hiring experiments reveal 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track

The underrepresentation of women in academic science is typically attributed, both in scientific literature and in the media, to sexist hiring. Here we report five hiring experiments in which faculty evaluated hypothetical female and male applicants, using systematically varied profiles disguising identical scholarship, for assistant professorships in biology, engineering, economics, and psychology. Contrary to prevailing assumptions, men and women faculty […]

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


Student applications rated for competence, hireability, and mentoring. 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 […]

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#study: The five biases pushing women out of STEM

Study: The five biases pushing women out of STEM Two-thirds of the women interviewed, and two-thirds of the women surveyed, reported having to prove themselves over and over again – their successes discounted, their expertise questioned. “People just assume you’re not going to be able to cut it,” a statistician told us, in a typical comment. Black women were considerably […]

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