Not as women-friendly as it looks

Posted: October 28, 2011 by Jender in power dynamics

From the outside our department appears woman-friendly. The ratio of female to male faculty is pretty good. But many departmental decisions are made by just a handful of male faculty and are pushed through at department meetings, or sometimes not even at meetings. On matters that are decided by vote at meetings, those faculty often vote as a block. One gets the sense that matters were discussed by them in advance behind closed doors where they first reached a collective decision. An equal number of female and male faculty does not translate into equal distribution of power in the department.

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