Women in Academia: What do you think are the biggest issues?

Last week I talked about the areas of overlap and divergence in the experiences of women in academia. In both the cases of overlap and divergence, some things are trivial and others are much more important. I mean, we could spend weeks talking about different coffee habits, coffee houses, coffee discounts, and other coffee-related differences and similarities across and within institutions. But that’s not particularly helpful (though, to be honest, now I am seriously craving a big cup of coffee). So today I wanted to talk a little about which of these areas are worth exploring further. Read More Women in Academia: What do you think are the biggest issues?

Women in Academia: What’s the Goal of Higher Education?

On one occasion when I was flying across the country, I sat next to a loud man and his quiet wife. During takeoff, he started to make small talk of the usual airplane seat-buddy variety. I told him about my trip, briefly, and, since this was many, many years ago, I told him about my undergraduate major that I was well on my way to finishing. He cut me off in the middle with, “Computers! Software or programming! That’s where the money is! Don’t waste your time with that stuff,” referring to my liberal arts major. The conversation didn’t last long after that, but his response still makes me think about the role of college. Read More Women in Academia: What’s the Goal of Higher Education?