Turns out the problem is worse than we thought.
In the post “New Research Busts Myths About the Gender Gap” researchers Christine Silva and Nancy Carter write: “Our study’s overall finding is clear: The problem isn’t only a late-career phenomenon by which women are denied the big promotion after having advanced steadily alongside men. Rather, the entire pipeline is in peril. More particularly, our research has managed to explode four prevailing myths about the progress of women in workplaces.”
Myth #1: It’s mainly a pipeline problem.
Myth #2: Women’s relative progress just got a boost from an economic downturn that hit men harder.
Myth #3: To the extent there’s still a gap, it’s because of women’s choices.
Myth #4: With more mentoring, women will be better prepared to take on the top jobs.
Read more about these myths here at the Harvard Business Review Blog.
Arche – the AHRC and CSMN-funded research center at St. Andrews – has a list of upcoming visitors here. All are male.
I don’t know what the distinction is between the “Forthcoming Visitors” column and the “Forthcoming Speakers” column, but the latter has a better gender balance. If you combine the two lists, however, women still make up less than 10% of the visitors to Arche.
Arche is also (unsurprisingly, I guess, given the visitor lists) currently advertising
two all-male events an all-male event (thanks for the correction, Catarina!). Details here.
(Thanks for the tip, R!)
There’s a very helpful response in the comments to this post from Katherine Hawley (Head of School at St. Andrews) and Jessica Brown (Director of Arche). Please do take the time to read it. Arche postdoctoral fellow Derek Ball has also commented, and I wanted to highlight this in particular:
Perhaps it is appropriate to mention here that in many cases, Visitors apply to come. We would welcome applications from women (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~arche/visitors/scholar.shtml), and advice about how to attract such applications would be gratefully received.
Thanks very much to Katherine, Jessica, and Derek for joining the discussion!