Thursday, December 17, 2009

Links ...

  1. Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed: Gender Matters:

    Between 1981 and 2007, the percentage of trustees who are women increased to 31 percent from 20 percent. [...]

    Among the findings:

    • Institutions with female presidents, female provosts (or academic vice presidents), and more women on boards of trustees saw larger increases in the share of female faculty members than did other institutions. [...]

    • The impact of having more women as trustees kicks in only when a critical mass has been reached, either of the female proportion on the board (25 percent) or the number of women on the board (5).

  2. Ian Dobson in University World News: Women Dominate the Campus in Finland:

    The female proportion increased in all of these disciplines except pharmacy (down from 83% in 1981 to 77% in 2008) but women comprised a whopping 91% of all enrolments in veterinary medicine in 2008, up from 72% in 1981.

    In 2008, women made up between half and two-thirds of enrolments in a number of other areas, including agriculture (58%), theology (59%), medicine (63%) and social sciences (66%). In 1981, they were under-represented in agriculture, theology, law, economics, natural sciences and engineering but by 2008 the under-representation was only in economics (45%), natural sciences (44%) and engineering (21%) whereas in 1981 the last ratio was only 15%.


  1. Shastri JC Philip said...

    The role that women play in society needs to widen, but at the same time it should not be done with a spirit of competition with men -- lest they end up in professions that are not suitable for them. For example, women have been exempted from combat duties for several millennia, and I feel that should continue.

    Shastri Philip