Advocates for gender equity in academia have been working to effect
institutional change for thirty years and, while much has changed,
numerous studies and reports make it clear that much remains the same.
The participants in this conference have all made significant
contributions to our understanding of the situation women currently face
in academia, highlighting the effects of a diffuse set of barriers to
women's participation: small scale, often unintended differences in
recognition, support, and response that can generate large scale
differences in outcome for women. The aim of this conference, convened
at Barnard College, December 9-10, 2004, was to take stock of extant
research and interventions, to chart a course forward.
The proceedings of "Women, Work, and the Academy" included both a
public panel discussion and a series of working sessions on specific
topics. Participants' executive summaries are all available through the
links above, and you can view a full digital video of the panel
discussion with Nancy Hopkins (MIT), Claude Steele (Stanford), and
Virginia Valian (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center).
practice-oriented report on the proceedings has been published in the
BCRW report series, New Feminist Solutions. Visit the
New Feminist Solutions website
for more information or you can download the report here (PDF).
"Women, Work, and the Academy" was organized by Alison Wylie and Janet Jakobsen,
and has been made possible by a generous
grant from the Virginia C. Gildersleeve Fund of Barnard College, with
assistance from the ADVANCE Program at the Earth Institute at Columbia