Misguided diversity efforts

Posted: April 13, 2014 by Jender in women are tokens

I was moved to send this anecdote by seeing this on FP, on misguided diversity efforts:

http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/reader-query-misguided-diversity-efforts-in-recruitment/

About 6 or 7 years ago I was asked to serve on a thesis committee for a thesis submitted to a Swedish University. Apparently there are quotas, so some percentage of women are required for these committees. The thesis had a nontrivial overlap with my own work. Anyway, on the day, the candidate gave their presentation and then there was a break, when one of the other committee members came up to me and said “Thanks for doing this! I hope you didn’t spend time actually reading the thesis?”

Not sure what the fellow meant there…

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