Powerful indictment of sexism in the academy. Heather Savigny’s recent guest blog for PSA Women and Politics Group.
Guest blog by Heather Savigny, Bournemouth University
‘Perhaps men are just naturally better at research than women’ said a senior male colleague during a discussion about why so few women were returned to a University’s REF submission. On one level, you almost have to laugh that people might actually say these things out loud. Sadly, however on another level, this comment is also illustrative of an attitude, a mentality, a cultural discourse which often positions women as inferior in academic environments. Unpacking and making visible women’s experiences is the purpose of my article recently published in Gender and Education and featured in the Independent on Sunday. It is also something that I (and other colleagues that I know of) have been warned not to discuss as it ‘will damage our academic careers’. Maybe however, having been in this career for 10 years and in the fortunate position of…
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