Friday, 10 June 2016

What has changed for female academics?

An interesting article in the Times Higher Education today highlights the issue of gender equity in higher education with a specific look at the career of Stanford academic Myra Strober and the difficulties she encountered as a woman pursuing her career in academia. She argues that while women have undoubtedly become far better represented in higher education than they were in 1970, progress has been uneven across fields and women are still far from parity with men with respect to faculty positions. She also contends that while men's academic careers benefit from having children, female faculty continue to be penalised for being mothers. Her book "Sharing the work" is published in June.

Collage of polaroid photos of demonstrators, 1960s/1970s

Have things changed for female academics?