Fewer women speakers because fewer women invited

Nittrouer and her team scanned the websites of the top 50 U.S. universities, as ranked by U.S. News, to build a database of every colloquium speaker from six departments: biology, bioengineering, political science, history, psychology, and sociology. They chose those six to represent a breadth of disciplines, and to exclude departments with either a very low or very high proportion of women. And they found that men gave more than twice as many talks as women: 69 percent versus 31 percent



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  1. Awesome article! Quite pointed and specific re solutions…after correcting for population, the preference for males was 20%. But there’s also the committee chair- Xmas party VS committee chair- policy (seniority/tenure) differentials, murkier and less appreciated. Like there are far more males named John who are S&P 500 CEO’s than women (women are neck-and-neck with Davids).

    And may I say that women do science differently in many fields, so they tend often to address sub-field dimensions men don’t? That gaps like that often hurt the science itself quite badly? That in that narrow sense tend to do better work? I’ve seen it in philosophy and business soo much. This is less a discriminatory statement in women’s favor than a simple, generic reiteration of ‘portfolio’ or diversity effects on quality. Difference matters, just like equality.

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