Tagged with gender

The End of Male Supremacy

Women are not equal to men; they are superior in many ways, and in most ways that will count in the future. It is not just a matter of culture or upbringing. It is a matter of chromosomes, genes, hormones, and nerve circuits. It is not mainly because of how experience shapes women, but because … Continue reading

Women in Science – STEM Programs And Higher Education

Across the nation, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics can be found in droves. From engineers in the oil fields, to software developers at burgeoning technology companies, to forensic accountants at international accounting firms, career opportunities in STEM-related fields abound. In fact, more than 715,000 STEM-related jobs are projected in Texas by the year … Continue reading

What Do We Know About Online Harassment?

A survey released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday offers some insight into harassment online. But will it help us fix the problem? The survey found that while men were more likely than women to be harassed on the Internet — 44 percent reported some form of harassment, compared with 37 percent of women — … Continue reading

NIH Issues $10-Million in Grants to Cut Gender-Based Test Biases

The National Institutes of Health … announced more than $10-million in grant supplements to bring gender balance to the subjects of medical lab work, its largest financial commitment to ending the research bias. The awards, covering 82 recipients, come four months after the NIH—the world’s largest provider of money for medical research—promised to more aggressively … Continue reading

Will Skipping College Help Women Succeed?

When the venture capitalist Peter Thiel began offering young people $100,000 to forego college in favor of coding or other scientific and technical pursuits, he helped kick off a debate about the pros and cons of the college-free path. Now one entrepreneur’s efforts are raising another question: whether encouraging kids to bypass college will actually improve … Continue reading

Many Institutions Continue to Struggle With Gender Imbalance

“Hey, where are all the college guys?” inquired USA Today in 2001; “Gender imbalance in college applications: Does it lead to a preference for men in the admissions process?” asked the Economics of Education Review journal in 2005; and Shirley Wilcher, executive director of the American Association for Affirmative Action, proposed in Diverse in 2010 … Continue reading

Women and Academic Leadership: Leaning Out

The recently published best seller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg, has sparked lively exchanges online, in personal conversations, and on college campuses. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, argues that in many cases professional women hold themselves back in their careers by failing to “lean in” to opportunities, and … Continue reading

New Data Show Articles by Women Are Cited Less Frequently

Research papers and peer-reviewed articles written principally by women are cited less frequently than those whose dominant authors are men, compounding the underrepresentation of women in scholarly publishing, according to a new study. The study documents a gap often described anecdotally by scientists, and expands on the data set analyzed for gender disparities in previous … Continue reading

‘Preferred’ Pronouns Gain Traction at U.S. Colleges

The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them—she, he or something … Continue reading

Fixing a Gender Pay Gap Can Lead to Faculty Discord

Institutions that discover widespread pay disparities by gender, with female professors earning less than their male counterparts, and then try to remedy the gap can find themselves mired in a process that is fraught with tension and results in faculty discord. Most recently some professors at Western Michigan University clashed with the institution’s provost over … Continue reading