Gender & Inequality in Academia

Artikel veröffentlicht: 20.02.2020

The proportion of women tends to decrease the higher the academic rank, following a global pattern. Sweden has taken comprehensive measures to decrease this gap across 30 years, and many countries are following a similar path. Yet today only 27% of faculty with the rank of professor in Sweden are female. A common explanation is that academia is biased against women. According to this hypothesis, women have to reach higher levels of scholarly achievement than men to be appointed to the same academic rank. Publication metrics when attaining the rank of professor were compiled from the Web of Science for samples of the whole population of 1345 professors appointed at the six largest ...

... universities in Sweden during a six-year period. Men had significantly more publications and citations in both medicine and in the social sciences, rejecting the hypothesis that women are held to a higher scholarly standard in this context.

Guy Madison & Pontus Fahlman (2020): Sex differences in the number ofscientific publications and citations when attaining the rank of professor in Sweden. Studies inHigher Education Online first. DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1723533. Read full article here.

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