Why aren’t there more women holding professorships in fields like science and engineering at the nation’s leading universities? When the president of Harvard University Larry Summers tried to answer that question last year it didn’t take long before he became the former president of that venerable institution. But the question remains especially since women reached a milestone a full four years ago when for the first time in U.S. history more women than men received doctorates from the nation’s universities.
This Saturday a symposium at Middlebury College featuring leading feminist scholars will address the question of gender inequity in higher education faculty positions.
Ann Mari May is Visiting Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. She spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about the goals of the symposium.