Women’s Work?

Harvard's promise


Vol. 8 No. 1
September 2005

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Women's Work?
Gender Equity in the Hard Sciences at Emory

Harvard's promise

Gender in the hard science faculty ranks at Emory

Hard sciences faculty by gender at other institutions

"What's happening along the way? Why aren't women choosing academia proportionately, and why aren't women staying in academia?"

"I think the 'nature versus nurture' question is not meaningful, because it treats them as independent factors, whereas in fact everything is nature and nurture."

The Crisis in the Humanities
So what else is new?

Sweeping Away the Dust of Everyday Life
Jazz and the Emory Experience

The Diary and the Map
Sartre and Foucault on making sense of history

This Old Sarcophagus
Life, death, money and chemistry in the Carlos Museum


In response to the controversy stirred up last January when Harvard president Lawrence Summers held forth on why women are underrepresented in math and science academia, two committees at the university (the Task Force on Women Faculty and the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering) proposed several steps to improve the climate for its female faculty members. While the recommendations are not unusual in themselves, that they came from a powerhouse such as Harvard has drawn attention. The school has pledged $50 million over the next decade to execute its plans. Among the recommendations under consideration:

  • Create a senior vice provost for diversity and faculty development (already approved by administrators).
  • Start faculty development and diversity funds.
  • Collect more university-wide data.
  • Enhance benefits to support work-family balance.
  • Start a summer undergraduate research program and study centers for introductory science courses.
  • Improve mentorship and advising programs.
  • Establish research-enabling and career-transition funds.