Archive for gender

Diversity works: why women must be allowed to lead

Posted in research with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Not a single UK science, engineering or technology company is led by a woman. But changing this by easing women’s routes to top positions in industry, commerce and academia is not about making concessions to feminists …” (more)

[Annette Williams, Exquisite Life, 16 March]


Does a Faculty Member’s Gender Matter? When Overt Discrimination Isn’t the Problem (Anymore)

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“There’s a new study out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that says it does, at least in science and engineering …” (more)

[HT: Eoin O’Dell]
[Bridget Crawford, Feminist Law Professors, 2 March]

Reflections on women in academia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“It is well-understood that although increasing numbers of women are entering the academic profession, there are still far too few in the higher academic ranks and in senior management positions. In spite of some progress over recent years, Trinity College remains a male-dominated community in which gender inequality persists …” (more)

[HT: Brian M Lucey]
[Colm Kearney, 1 March]

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Barack and Michelle Obama recently invited Amy Chyao, a 16-year-old high-school junior from Texas who is working on a new cancer treatment, and Mikayla Nelson, a high-school freshman from Montana who designed an innovative solar-powered car, to sit in the first lady’s box during the president’s State of the Union Address. It was a nice gesture, but the president didn’t tell the truth about the girls …” (more)

[Shankar Vedantam, Slate, 1 March]

The Real Barriers for Women in Science

Posted in Life with tags , , on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“A new paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that it is time to shift the discussion on the relatively small number of women in some math and science disciplines. The paper, by Stephen J Ceci and Wendy M Williams, both of Cornell University, argues that formal discrimination is no longer a significant factor in hiring and related decisions …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 9 February]

Gender divides in Philosophy and other disciplines

Posted in Life with tags on 7 February 2011 by Steve

“Following up on a conversation with a friend in Philosophy, I took a quick look at the Survey of Earned Doctorates to see the breakdown by gender for PhDs awarded in the United States in 2009 …” (more)

[Kieran Healy, Crooked Timber, 4 February]

Women live longer but earn less than men, says report

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 February 2011 by Steve

“Women in Ireland live longer but continue to earn less than men, and continue to be under-represented across a range of sectors in the workplace and public life …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 2 January]

On Promoting Science Bloggers Who Happen To Be Female

Posted in Life with tags , , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“If you’re plugged into the science blogtwitosphere, then you surely know that the topic of women science bloggers has been written about extensively. Rather than re-hash what many others have said, I’ll direct you to these posts by Kate Clancy and Daniel Lende …” (more)

[Jason G Goldman, The Thoughtful Animal, 28 January]

When will we accept that boys will be boys?

Posted in teaching with tags on 18 January 2011 by Steve

“… This reversal of fortunes is indicative of a problem in the education system and an inadequacy in the methods used to gauge a student’s ability. In the great scheme of things, females are not more intelligent than males: they are as intelligent. The system of measurement adopted simply seems to suit them better …” (more)

[Eleanor Fitzsimons, Irish Times, 18 January]

Women of science, do you know your place?

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“Why there are so few women in science? Or to be more precise, why are there so few women in the physical sciences, and so few at the top of any field? …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Research Blogs, 17 January]

Some Irish boys are better at maths than girls

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 October 2010 by Steve

“Differences between the sexes in educational attainment are of interest to many people. In Ireland, as elsewhere, males are being left behind by females in key exams and university entrance. So where does it all start and is it the same for everyone? …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 27 October]

Women’s softer side plays part in gender pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 October 2010 by Steve

“Women’s softer side plays a small role in why female university graduates are paid less than their male counterparts, according to new research. Personality differences are just one of the reasons for the gender pay gap …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 October]

College gender gap narrows as more men take up places

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 October 2010 by Steve

“For the first time in decades – and with third-level student numbers at an all-time high – the percentage of the college population that is male is growing …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 October]

Narrowing of gender gap at higher level welcome but highlights increase in demand, says IFUT

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 October 2010 by Steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has welcomed the increase in the percentage of male students enrolling for third-level education announced by the HEA today, but warned that it highlights ever-increasing pressure on staff and resources in third-level colleges …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 October]

Sisters’ winning formula

Posted in research with tags , , , on 30 September 2010 by Steve

“Women produce fewer papers than men over a lifetime and are still scarce in senior positions, especially in science. Dispelling myths of innate difference between the sexes, Amanda Goodall offers advice on how they can raise their research productivity and status in the academy …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 30 September]

TechGrrrls are people too

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Is technology gendered? I was recently struck by this question while perusing interactive panel proposals for SXSW. The proposal emerged from the assumption that technology itself is masculine territory, grouped, I assume, with the hard sciences …” (more)

[Stefani Relles, 21st Century Scholar, 26 August]

Making the grade in the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Once again, girls outperform boys in the Leaving Cert points race, thus giving them first choice of the most desired places in our third-level institutions. Despite this educational disadvantage, men continue, in general, to outperform women, in later life, in business and the professions …” (more)

[Peter Molloy, Irish Times, 21 August]

Boys just want to have fun?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“RTÉ today carried the shock news that girls outperform boys in the Leaving Certificate. To be fair the article notes that this is not new and is observed internationally. What I am not aware of is evidence (and no, anecdotes – even from taxi-drivers – do not count) on why this is so …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 20 August]

Girls outperform boys in Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“Girls have outperformed boys in the Leaving Certificate exams once again this year. Data compiled by the State Examinations Commission shows girls achieving more As, Bs and Cs than boys across almost all subjects and levels …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 August]

The gender thing

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“… And just in case somebody in academic circles thinks that universities are so much better, think again – women make up the majority of lectureship positions, but only a small proportion of the holders of senior posts are women …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 August]