Monday, August 01, 2005

Women in academia

It is not just science and engineering; now, political science, too, has a serious problem: a recent report from the American Political Science Association has noted "an 'alarming stall' in the progress of women up through the faculty ranks, despite advances toward gender equity when it comes to awarding". The report also has interesting comparisons across other fields such as psychology, sociology and economics.

In response to my previous post on this topic, Surya commented, "is it more difficult for a woman to be in academia than to be in the corporate world? I would have expected the flexibility of research would have been more ideal for women, who often need to juggle multiple roles".

The APSA report has some answers; are those US-centric answers applicable also to India?