Organizing Around Gender Equity

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AAUP Faculty Gender Equity Indicators 2006


American Association of University Professors

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The last two years have seen renewed and vigorous debate regarding the opportunities for women’s advancement as faculty at American colleges and universities. Some of the recent increase in attention to this issue can be attributed to the reaction to remarks by Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, in January 2005. (For example, see the statement of AAUP’s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession published in the July- August 2005 issue of Academe.) Although the concern with equity for women faculty preceded Summers’s statement by many years, in the wake of the controversy several major universities announced significant new initiatives to support women faculty. In recent months the National Academy of Sciences has issued two reports: To Recruit and Advance: Women Students and Faculty in U.S. Science and Engineering and Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. In addition, the last two years have seen increasing attention to policies and practices designed to enable faculty to balance their career goals with family responsibilities—a challenge that has long disproportionately impacted women.


Originally published by the American Association of University Professors. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.