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Gender issues: brand new year, same old problems

Gender issues: brand new year, same old problems

I spent some of my time off around New Year attempting to start as I mean to go on by tidying my “home office”. In the run-up to Christmas, as exhaustion took over and time ran out, I had increasingly just been dumping piles of paper precariously on the edge of my desk as I […] … learn more→

Masculine culture responsible for keeping women out of computer science, engineering

Masculine culture responsible for keeping women out of computer science, engineering

Many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas now show a gender parity – women earn about half of the undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and mathematics. This, however, is not true of all STEM areas – women earn fewer than one out of every five of the undergraduate degrees in computer science and engineering. […] … learn more→

Women are too often actively sidelined against their will

Women are too often actively sidelined against their will

“I bumped into my supervisor on the stairs when I was with X [my fellow postdoc]. I might as well have been invisible, he didn’t address a word to me. It really hurt.” So wrote a young female postdoc during an extremely miserable couple of years working in the USA. I came across these words […] … learn more→

Three female scholars react to Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination

Three female scholars react to Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination

genderThe importance of treating women well Valerie M. Hudson, Texas A&M University As an American woman, I am proud to tell my sons and daughters that for the first time in U.S. history a woman is the presidential nominee of one of the two major political parties in the country. And though I have some […] … learn more→

Five ‘don’ts’ for introducing a female speaker

Five ‘don’ts’ for introducing a female speaker

“She may be a small person, but she has big ideas,” states the panel chair by way of introducing one of the most impressive senior scholars in security studies. At a recent conference, a more junior panellist’s contribution is prefaced with the chair’s observation: “It is hard to believe that such a fragile woman should […] … learn more→

What’s the backlash against gender-neutral bathrooms all about?

What’s the backlash against gender-neutral bathrooms all about?

Last week North Carolina became the first state to pass a law requiring transgender individuals (including students) to use only bathrooms that match their biological (rather than identified) gender. They did so in response to an ordinance passed in Charlotte that supported transgender bathroom choice. Transgender students’ access to bathrooms is an increasingly active front […] … learn more→

The paper unwritten: is my sexuality holding me back in academia?

The paper unwritten: is my sexuality holding me back in academia?

I have missed the deadline now. It did look to be a great opportunity, but…. Do I feel disappointed? Yes, absolutely, and for so many reasons. Did I make the right decision? I think so, at least it was the decision I felt I had to make. Has it impacted on my career? Well, it’s […] … learn more→

International Women's Day: being female in academia

International Women’s Day: being female in academia

I was asked recently to talk to some early career researchers about the challenges of being female in academia. At first, all I could think of was my privileged race, class, nationality and sexuality. Yet many of the gains for women in academia have only been recent and we still lag behind in pay. Women […] … learn more→

Why are political experts mostly men? Women also know stuff

Why are political experts mostly men? Women also know stuff

With the rise of Republican candidate Donald Trump, the demise of establishment candidates and a nomination contest between a self-proclaimed socialist and a woman, this election has delivered many surprises. Political scientists have often been called to weigh in. Such conversations are critical as they enable academics to communicate the science of politics and add […] … learn more→

Study: Students don’t like female professors

Study: Students don’t like female professors

Professors across the country are heavily rated by Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs)…surveys filled out by students on how well they like the teacher. Yes, these things are obviously biased towards things that have nothing to do with education, and a professor who wants good evaluations merely needs to be an easy grader. Administration has […] … learn more→