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Five recommendations to bring more women into academia

An excellent discussion early this morning on women in higher education for International Women's Day. The discrepancies between the number of male and female faculty in the ranks of academia – particularly in some fields – and in top administrative posts, is an international problem (except as Erin Anderssen reports today, in a few countries, such as Estonia.) One of the high-level changes that are under discussion is the inclusion of gender statistics in international university rankings . Here were some of the other examples of how to address the problem.

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Co-operation between universities in tracking and sharing employment practices and comparing the results of any initiatives

– Integrating what are usually called gender studies in all disciplines rather than hiving it off in its own speciality

– Remembering that women don't just come in one category – women – but are of different ages and backgrounds

– Go straight to the top for change rather than working through the layers

– Reassessing promotion decisions to account for the importance of teaching, administrative and committee work and student contact rather than relying primarily on research.

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