Category Archives: The Underrepresentation of Women

Politics, Feminism and Firsts

Echidne of the Snakes has written a brilliant essay about the current state of political discourse among the Supposedly Liberal Doods. Below are a few excerpts, but you should go read the whole thing. … The first black and/or female … Continue reading

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Paula A. Monopoli, “In a Different Voice: Lessons from Ledbetter”

The abstract: Women in academia – among some of the best educated women in America – suffer from the same salary inequities as other women in society. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has found that women faculty “earn … Continue reading

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The increasing irrelevance of grades, and what it might mean for women law students.

Both the percentage and actual number of enrolled women students has been dropping at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and at a number of other law schools I am aware of. Part of the explanation is that … Continue reading

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“Two Women, Great Legacies”

That’s the title of Danielle Citron’s post at ConcOps about the passing of two great women journalists. Concurring Opinions was a solid law prof blog that got even better with the addition of the awesome Danielle! –Ann Bartow

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“New Questions on Women, Academe and Careers”

Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed wrote an article with this title, in which he notes: In field after field, women either outperform or equal men : only to lag in key positions in academe (or in other careers that … Continue reading

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Yes We Can, But We Might Do It More Effectively If Average Women Were Included

Remember this powerful video will.i.am made to support Barack Obama? I thought it was brilliant the first dozen or so times I watched it, mesmerized. But after a while I noticed that while the men in the video vary a … Continue reading

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“Playing Fair: A Guide to Title IX”

From the Women’s Sports Foundation: Have you ever had that thought in relation to your school’s sports program? Your high school might schedule the girls’ basketball games on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. while the boys’ games are always on Friday … Continue reading

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“Being a Lawyer and Male Makes You a Top Earner, Census Report Shows”

Being a lawyer and female, not so much. From the ABA Journal: The highest earners in 2007 were men in legal occupations, who earned a median salary in 2007 of $105,233, according to a Census Bureau report. The online report … Continue reading

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“Arizona Affirmative Action Ban will not be on November Ballot”

From the Feminist Daily News: An anti-affirmative action ballot measure in Arizona will not be on the November ballot. The measure was decertified based on the signatures collected, but its decertification was challenged last week. A lawsuit to restore the … Continue reading

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“Obama says Palin’s family off limits”

And major props to Obama for that. I wonder if McCain didn’t understand the magnitude of the wave of sexism that was sure to hit Sarah Palin. His wife has clearly experienced sexism, but the practical effect has been fairly … Continue reading

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Romantic Partners and Academics

Historiann has an interesting post entitled: “Marrying up,”and why that could screw up your career in which she notes: There’s a new report out on the careers of social scientists, via Inside Higher Ed. The University of Washington Center for … Continue reading

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“Thought Control In Economics”

Long essay here, excerpt below: ” … Despite her interest in feminist economics, Julie Nelson’s publication record is so impressive that she qualified for tenure at one of the top 30 US university economics departments. But she’s disheartened by the … Continue reading

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Stephanie Brown Trafton!

Olympic Gold Medalist in the Discus! … Stephanie Brown Trafton took her place at the head of the American team with a surprising gold medal in the discus, the first by an American woman since 1932 and the only medal … Continue reading

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Smith Barney settled a sex discrimination suit for $33 million

The SF Chron reports: Smith Barney has agreed to pay $33 million to settle claims by three Northern California women that the brokerage giant favored men in pay, promotions and client assignments.U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton of San Francisco approved … Continue reading

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Gender and Math

Long, detailed post here at Neuroanthropology.

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A Few Observations About Mentoring

So I’m at a really great law prof conference. Best highlight so far was seeing Bridget Crawford, and listening to her interesting observations about the intersection of tax law and feminist legal theory.   In addition to being a brilliant … Continue reading

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Law Prof Blog Recommendations: Increasing the Estrogen

We here at Feminist Law Professors don’t care about “size.” There isn’t a publicly accessible Site Meter here because we do not run commercial advertisements, and we try to offer some small measure of privacy protection to our readers. Publicly … Continue reading

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From The Department of: “Anonymous” Was Usually A Woman

This NYT article reports controversy over the authorship of the Serenity Prayer. Below is an excerpt: … For more than 70 years, the composer of the prayer was thought to be the Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, one of modern Christianity’s … Continue reading

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The University Of South Carolina Has A New President.

Announcement here. It was clear to me when the two other finalists were women that Pastides was going to get the job. As far as I can tell, the women finalists were perfectly well qualified, but there wasn’t a chance … Continue reading

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Public Works officials in Atlanta are replacing “Men Working” signs with signs that say “Workers Ahead.”

Story here. Props to Cynthia Good for making this happen.

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Why Zuska Needs To Keep Blogging

Over at Thus Spake Zuska, Zuska decided to cull from her comments all the reasons she has been told she should not blog. Below are a few of them: You’re ugly. You’re old and ugly. You need to get laid. … Continue reading

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What if Title IX Applied to Math and Science Courses?

Debra Rolison of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory thinks that would be a great idea.  Christa Hoff Sommers,  font of anti-feminist soundbites and Resident Scholar at  the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, takes  a different view: While Title … Continue reading

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“It seems the ability we’re so fond of calling talent or even genius arises not from innate gifts but from an interplay of fair (but not extraordinary) natural ability, quality instruction, and a mountain of work.”

That is a sentence from here, via Feminist Chemists, who posted the following: This is a great article from New Scientist, which summarizes years of research on how to be a genius. Apparently, having an extraordinarily high IQ is not … Continue reading

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Obscure Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Novels

List here, where you can vote for the Top Ten. Via Feminist Dracona.

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The Op-Ed Project

Katharine Mieszkowski at Salon writes: Here’s a dismal fact: There are fewer female bylines on the Op-Ed pages of the nation’s major newspapers, as a percentage, than there are women serving in the U.S. Senate, according to Bob Sommer, a … Continue reading

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About Those PUMAs

PUMAs are Democrats who supported Clinton but oppose Obama’s candidacy and wish to see him defeated. I have no idea how many true PUMAs there are. Certainly Republicans may be distorting or manipulating the online PUMA presence for their own … Continue reading

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Lt. Gen Ann E. Dunwoody Appointed First 4-Star General

Ann E. Dunwoody has been appointed the first female 4-star general in the U.S. Armed Services.   CNN has the story here.   H/T to Ralph Stein -Bridget Crawford

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Lioness

From here: Cast & Credits Director: Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers Executive Producers: Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Judith Helfand Producer: Meg McLagan, Daria Sommers Editor: Stephen T. Maing Co Executive Producer: Diana Barrett, Sarah Johnson Redlich Director of Photography: … Continue reading

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Ten Years Ago Francine Prose Published “Scent of a Woman’s Ink: Are Women Writers Really Inferior?”

Her essay appeared in the June 1998 issue of Harper’s. (Another route to access is here). It received this interesting commentary by Laura Miller. I was reminded of Prose’s observations by this post at Sense & Sensuality, which I found … Continue reading

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“It’s reached the point that we can’t even rely on the Democrats to stand up for our basic rights. Twenty-two Democratic Senators voted to confirm John Roberts as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005. A few months later, when Democrats failed to block the confirmation of batshit-crazy Samuel Alito, most feminists I know went into a state of barely-contained fury. Many of us had worked our hearts out for years to elect every Democrat we could, in no small measure because we were relying on the party to stop the erosion of our rights under a conservative Supreme Court. Lot of good it did us.”

Those are the words of Dr. Violet Socks, excerpted from this essay. She’s pretty disgusted with the Democratic Party right now, to put it mildly. Meanwhile, Historiann seems to be feeling a bit more conciliatory, if I am reading her … Continue reading

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“Workplace Flexibility Correlates with More Women and Minorities in Workplace”

That’s the title of a post at Workplace Prog Blog that reports: The Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) at Cornell Industrial & Labor Relations brings to our attention the latest edition of a study of U.S. workplaces on flexible workplaces. … Continue reading

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“Change the Men, You Idiots”

So says Mary Garth, here, continuing today’s science theme.

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On Gender and Science

Echidne has a great post here unpacking the sexism infusing this article which argues that women just “self select” away from science. Below is an excerpt (but go read the whole thing): … To see what stinks in all this, … Continue reading

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Rachel J. Anderson, “Revisiting the Imperial Scholar: Market Failure on Law Review?”

Abstract: This article argues for reforms in the institution of student-run law reviews. Specifically, it calls for an increased understanding of the potential for bias in the article-selection process. Further it calls for institutional retraining to support the implementation of … Continue reading

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“When All Efforts Fail to Retain Them, Unintentional Biases May Be at Work”

That’s the title of a recent article in the New York Law Journal by Ellen Ostrow. Below is an excerpt: … I strongly suspect that cultural assumptions – normative in law firms and in the larger social structure in which … Continue reading

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Are Women Leaders Different?

Video of a   panel discussion featuring former San Jose City Councilwoman Cindy Chavez; business executive and political fund-raiser Lorraine Hariton; Morgan Family Foundation President and former California Senator Rebecca Q. Morgan; and Stanford Law Professor and Ethics Center Director, … Continue reading

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“Trying to expand fan base by marketing its players, the WNBA for the first time offers rookies lessons in fashion and makeup”

That’s an excerpt from this article, which also contains the following: … “It’s all contributing to how to be a professional,” league President Donna Orender said of the orientation classes. “I do believe there’s more focus on a woman’s physical … Continue reading

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“Data show extent of sexism in physics”

Experiment at Fermilab gave women fewer opportunities to present at conferences. Women are poorly represented in physics, making up just 10% of faculty in the United States, for example, but the reasons for this have proved contentious. Now a particle … Continue reading

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“Female sports stars deserve recognition”

Feminist Law Prof Sharon Sandeen’s recently published Letter to the Editor: As a sports fan — particularly a fan of women’s sports — I have often been disappointed by the Star Tribune’s coverage of women’s sports. But April 21’s edition … Continue reading

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“Women’s bodies: Just like open-source software!”

A friend sent me links to posts describing sci-fi/tech conferences in which a group of men went around asking the women in attendance whether they could touch their breasts. Yes I am aware of how strange that sounds. Rather than … Continue reading

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Voting by Sex

No, this is not a post about Obama/Clinton and gendered support patterns. Rather, this is a post about something else related to sex difference and voting that some, if not all, Pennsylvanians are facing today. When I voted this morning, … Continue reading

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A short clip of biting satire about the male-centric music industry, by Erykah Badu

Here. Not safe for work, especially if you work in the male-centric music industry.

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“Patrick Becomes First Woman to Win a Major Auto Race”

I can’t even pretend to be a fan of auto-racing, but lots of people seem to love it, and that being the case, might as well have women winning too. Go Danica! –Ann Bartow

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Misogyny, Sexism, & the Gender Gap in the 2008 Election

Lengthy, data rich posts from Corrente: Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.

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“An Either/Or Decision: Keeping Women Out of Competitive Careers”

Tired of the “women won’t move here” and “women are just going to leave and have babies” stereotypes that get invoked as reasons not to extent qualified female candidates offers of employment? You aren’t alone. Read this post at the … Continue reading

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Squaw Peak (in Arizona) will be renamed for Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woman who died in action in Iraq.

So reports a post entitled “U.S. board approves naming of Piestewa Peak” posted at the Ojibway Migisi Bineshii blog (via), and it makes me really happy. Using trademark law as a doctrinal launching place, I argued in this article that … Continue reading

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“At the New York Times Book Review, all the misogyny is fit to print”

So says Sarah Seltzer, in this article entitled Hard Times. I’m not sure I agree with everything she says but she is certainly correct that the NYT seems rabidly afraid of feminism. Link via Feministing. –Ann Bartow

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George Mason School of Law and Microsoft Holding Womenless Patent Law Conference?

According to this page of Conference website, twenty-one men are participating or were “Invited”. The main page notes: Presenters at this year’s conference include: Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School Keynote Address Scott Baker, University of North Carolina Law … Continue reading

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