Women are under-represented in economics globally

They occupy fewer top positions at leading economics institutions than men, and are more likely to leave the profession early.

Brittney J. Miller

Nature | April 14, 2022

An all-male panel at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia in 2018.Credit: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty

Women occupy roughly one in three junior academic positions in economics and just one in four senior positions, according to an analysis of gender equality at the field’s top research institutions.

Most previous surveys examining equality in economics have focused on individual countries. Emmanuelle Auriol, an economist at the Toulouse School of Economics in France, and her colleagues compared gender representation around much of the world, although their data set includes few institutions in Africa or southeast Asia. The findings are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1 this month.

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HM Online 2021: The Ideological Condition: History, Race and Gender – A discussion with Himani Bannerji

The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender is a reader comprised of many of Himani Bannerji’s English writings over a long period of teaching and research in Canada and India. Bannerji creates an interdisciplinary analytical method and extends the possibilities of historical materialism by predominantly drawing on Marx, Gramsci, and Dorothy Smith. Essays here instantiate Marx’s general proposition that while all ideology is a form of consciousness, all forms of consciousness are not ideological. Applying this insight to issues ranging from patriarchy through race, class, nationalism, liberalism and fascism, Bannerji breaks through East-West binaries, challenging the mystifying approaches to the constitution of the social, and shows that a sustained struggle against ideological thinking is at the heart of a fundamental socialist struggle.

Shortlisted for the Deutscher Memorial Prize 2021 Available from Haymarket Books: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/…

Speakers:

Himani Bannerji teaches in the Department of Sociology, York University in Canada. She is also known for her activist work and poetry.

David McNally, Cullen Distinguished Professor of History and Business, university of Houston, Texas, USA. Author of Blood and Money, among other books.

Kanishka Goonewardena, Professor in Departments of Geography and Architecture, University of Toronto, Canada. Co-editor and contributor of Space, Difference and Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre.

Judith Whitehead, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Lethbridge, Canada. Author of Development and Dispossession in the Narmada Valley.

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A Discussion with John Bellamy Foster – Presenting the 2021 transform! yearbook

Transform Europe | October 19, 2021

A discussion with John Bellamy Foster, one of the world’s leading figures in Marxian ecological theory.

John Bellamy Foster is the editor of Monthly Review, one of the world’s leading figures in Marxian ecological theory and author of numerous books including “The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology”, “The Vulnerable Planet”, “Marx’s Ecology, Ecology Against Capitalism”, “The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace With the Planet”, and “The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism”, along with several co-authored volumes.

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Women less likely to win major research awards

Although the gap is narrowing, prestigious prizes are still more likely to go to men, finds an analysis of gender bias in the world’s top science awards.

Clare Watson

Nature | September 13, 2021

Five scientists sitting in a row on a white sofa.
Winners at the L’Oreal-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science International in 2016. L–R: Jennifer Doudna, Hualan Chen, Andrea Gamarnik, Quarraisha Abdool Karim and Emmanuelle Charpentier.Credit: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Fondation L’Oreal/Getty

Women’s share of international prizes rewarding research excellence is increasing, but still lags behind the proportion of professorial positions held by women, according to an analysis of 141 top science prizes awarded over the past two decades.

Lokman Meho, an information scientist at the American University of Beirut, examined whether gains in professorships for women have translated into awards honouring their work. His findings, published in Quantitative Science Studies1, show a narrowing but persistent gender gap in the highest tiers of awards (see ‘Closing the gap’). The disparity is greatest in disciplines including life sciences, computer science and mathematics.

Hans Petter Graver, a legal scholar and president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo, which administers the Abel Prize in mathematics and the Kavli prizes in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, says the results send “a signal to institutions awarding prestigious science prizes to do more for diversity”.

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COVID-19 AND GENDER 

Pandemic Hit Academic Mothers Especially Hard, New Data Confirm

Katie Langin

Science | February 09, 2021

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In March 2020, Reshma Jagsi—a radiation oncologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor—wrote an opinion piece predicting female scientists would feel a disproportionate impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Skeptical journal editors declined to publish it. Since then, though, many commentators have echoed her message. And now the evidence has become clear: The pandemic has exacerbated existing disparities and created additional challenges for women, especially those with children, struggling to maintain their research productivity.Read More »

BOOK REVIEW 

Ashley J Bohrer

Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism

Transcript, Bielefeld, 2019. 279 pp., $45 pb
ISBN 9783837641608

Reviewed by Christian Lotz

Marx and Philosophy Review of Books | January 27, 2021

In Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism its author, Ashley J. Bohrer, presents a tour de force, offering and contributing to a wide-ranging debate that has occupied left academic and activist audiences for some time now. Indeed, intersectionality, once a catchword, has become one of the major lenses through which scholars in social theory, political science, gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory and philosophy reflect on our contemporary situation not only nationally, but also globally. Reflections and theories about identity, the intersection of identities in the context of oppression, exploitation and difference are so vast that one needs to be a specialist to oversee the entire debate. In this vein, Bohrer’s book achieves the impossible, insofar as it considers a vast amount of contemporary literature on Marxism, intersectionality and the relation between the two. Bohrer calls this approach the ‘“maximalist’ approach.’ (Bohrer and Souvlis 2020) For a reader who is not familiar with the entire scope of the debate, such as this reviewer, the book is very enlightening and provides a helpful guide for understanding how these two sides of the contemporary left can be brought together.

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RIGHT TO RESEARCH

The Researcher Fighting to Embed Analysis of Sex and Gender into Science

Elizabeth Gibney

Nature | November 25, 2020

Londa Schiebinger standing among greenery outside.
Londa Schiebinger chaired a report that urges researchers in all fields to consider sex and gender.Credit: Linda Cicero

Recalled drugs, unsafe products and even environmental chaos are just some of the consequences of research that doesn’t consider sex and gender, says Londa Schiebinger. That’s why Schiebinger, who studies gender and science at Stanford University in California, is helping funders convince researchers to analyse the effect of these factors in their studies.Read More »

What is The Cannes Position on Gender and Race?

A Journal of People Report

Jessica Chastain and Will Smith. Source: Internet

The 70th Cannes Film Festival came to an end on 28th May with questions being raised on the festivals and overall cinema industries gender and racial aspect.

At the closing press conference for the festivals this year’s jury, renowned American actress Jessica Chastain who served on the jury of the film festival said that she found the representation of women in the Cannes films “disturbing”, as reported by world media.Read More »