Catarina Dutilh Novaes has a really interesting post up, discussing one factor that may contribute to women turning down conference invitations more than men do (if indeed they do– we just don’t know).
[that] women are simply too caught up in domestic endeavors, and thus cannot easily make the necessary arrangements for even a short absence from home…. Indeed, I have heard of many talented female philosophers that they did not travel *at all* for conferences or otherwise while their children were still young (what counts as ‘young’ is of course highly relative). Interestingly, in chap. 8 of ‘Delusions of Gender’, Cordelia Fine reports on a study of faculty at the University of California, which revealed that female faculty with children reported “working fifty-one hours a week at their jobs and another fifty-one hours a week doing housework and childcare – that’s a 102-hour week, accounting for more than fourteen hours per day. […] Faculty fathers, by contrast, put in only thirty-two unpaid work hours a week.” (p. 92/3) No wonder that these women cannot be absent for a few days for conferences and other work-related trips: they are responsible for the largest chunk of the domestic endeavors, and the general perception is that things would simply just fall apart if they are not there. Chaps. 7 and 8 offer additional data on how gender equality on the domestic front is still far from being a reality.
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(And yes, it does seem to be NewAPPS week here at FP. No bad thing either, if you ask me.)