Episode 30: Women in academia

November 18, 2013

"You have to be able to concentrate and that requires a lot of time free from any other thoughts. And that means you can’t be thinking about taking the kids to the doctor, you can’t be thinking about how dirty the house is." - Aeron Haynie

"Who do you report an assault to when it’s your boss? What do you do when that’s the person who raped you?...and when you finally talk to HR they say you’re a graduate student, you’re not technically an employee, so they can’t help you.” - Kate Clancy

Kate Clancy, anthropology professor at the University of Illinois

To an outsider like me, being a professor looks like a great job (I'm thinking vigorous intellectual engagment, flexibility, and long vacations). Often it is, and not just for those reasons. But just because you work in a center of higher learning doesn't mean everything that goes on there lives up to humanity's highest ideals. From maternity leave to work/life balance to getting promotions, life in the ivory tower is often tougher for women. We look at the statistics, talk about why women are still lagging men on the employment front, and get into a sobering discussion about sexual harassment in the scientific community, which, like other STEM fields, is trying to attract more women. 15 minutes.

Show notes: Here's a selection of further reading and watching on some of the things we touched on during the podcast.

 The AAUP's 2006 report on gender equity in academia

John Curtis's 2013 piece, 'What Roles Are We Modeling?' Gendered Academic Employment and its Consequences

Aeron Haynie contributed a chapter to the book Mama PhD

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Are Your Parental Leave Policities Legal? (by Joan Williams)

The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work (AAUP, Jan/Feb 2011)

Saying no thank you and getting called a wh*** (video by Danielle Lee)

Danielle Lee's Scientific American blog

Kate Clancy's Scientific American blog

A Kate Clancy post from 2012 about sexual harassment at field sites