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Why academia needs emotional, passionate women. Last month, Nobel Prize winning scientist and academic, Tim Hunt made a sexist comment about women in scientific laboratories.

Why academia needs emotional, passionate women

His remarks implied that women were distracting in the workplace and that they were too emotional for the academic life. While crying when you receive criticism may not be appropriate in a professional setting, Professor Hunt’s comments reflected a long held idea that academic research should be objective and free from emotion, and that women are particularly unsuited to academia. I call this the paradox of academic passion. I am a theologian and I, like many of my colleagues in the arts and humanities, and indeed in other disciplines, work predominantly on my own. My research lives and dies with me. I am currently writing a PhD and in one chapter I touch upon a sensitive issue that is very close to home. There is the beginning of a passionate, emotional rebellion in the academic world. The battle metaphor reigns supreme in the academic context.

À l’université du sexisme ordinaire. Longtemps exclues de la production des connaissances, les femmes sont aujourd’hui plus nombreuses que les hommes à faire des études universitaires.

À l’université du sexisme ordinaire

Ce qui ne signifie pas que ce milieu leur est toujours favorable. Un peu de sexisme ordinaire entre deux cours? En 2012, 32 % des Québécoises détenaient un diplôme universitaire contre 27 % des hommes, selon l’Institut de la statistique du Québec. Pourtant, elles restaient moins publiées, moins citées, moins embauchées. Women in science: Women’s work. Viktor Koen Science remains institutionally sexist.

Women in science: Women’s work

Despite some progress, women scientists are still paid less, promoted less,win fewer grants and are more likely to leave research than similarly qualified men. The reasons range from overt and covert discrimination to the unavoidable coincidence of the productive and reproductive years. In this special issue, Nature takes a hard look at the gender gap and at what is being done to close it.

A survey of the data (see page 22) reveals where progress has been made and where inequalities still lie, from salary to tenure. A series of Comment articles looks at possible solutions. This special issue is dedicated to the memory of Maxine Clarke. How to Check if Your Syllabus Reinforces Patriarchy. When I received the course guidelines for the first year of my Master's here in Denmark and Germany, I immediately Googled my future professors.

How to Check if Your Syllabus Reinforces Patriarchy

I was disappointed to learn that all except for one were white men (this has since changed – we have a woman and another non-white man, rejoice!). Granted, the European context is very different from the American context and there are a wide array of factors that come into play, but still, disappointment is a valid feeling. My disappointment did not last too long, as I was pleasantly surprised when one professor turned out to be well-read in social movement media.

Fast forward a few months. In one course on politics (sidenote: taught by three white men) the course was covering the BRIC's (For those unfamiliar with the silliness of academic acronyms, "BRIC" refers to rising global economic powers of Brazil, Russia, India and China.) In true liberal-academic-form, the professors were very open to our feedback. Course Description. Grading. Pas de solution unique pour remédier à la sous-représentation des femmes aux échelons les plus élevés de la recherche universitaire. Une évaluation exhaustive du statut des femmes dans la recherche universitaire révèle que, bien que leur représentation aux postes de recherche universitaire ait progressé de manière notable, des défis persistent et le temps ne suffira pas à assurer une parité hommes-femmes dans ce milieu.

Pas de solution unique pour remédier à la sous-représentation des femmes aux échelons les plus élevés de la recherche universitaire

Un rapport du Conseil des académies canadiennes (CAC), intitulé Renforcer la capacité de recherche du Canada : la dimension de genre, présente une évaluation des facteurs qui influencent les parcours de carrière des femmes dans le milieu de la recherche universitaire. Cette évaluation avait été commandée à l’automne 2010 par le ministre de l’Industrie suite à l’absence notable de candidatures féminines au prestigieux programme des Chaires d’excellence en recherche du Canada. Pour donner suite à cette demande, le CAC a mis sur pied un comité composé de 15 expert-es canadiens et étrangers de diverses disciplines.

Ce comité était présidé par Lorna R.