2 ways quotas for women raise quality: The Video!

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The previous entry on this blog now has a video! It’s about quotas and the written version begins as follows. Quotas, it is said, inevitably lower quality. Quotas lead to hiring a person who otherwise wouldn’t get hired. It’s obvious, isn’t it, that if she were good enough, she would get the job on her… Read More…

2 ways quotas for women raise quality

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Quotas, it is said, inevitably lower quality. Quotas lead to hiring a person who otherwise wouldn’t get hired. It’s obvious, isn’t it, that if she were good enough, she would get the job on her own? Quotas take situations that are fair — tough, sure, but fair nonetheless — and make them unfair. Surely you… Read More…

Sex is making research better

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One of the world’s best-known feminists, Gloria Steinem, recently celebrated her 80th birthday. Steinem first became widely known as a researcher of sorts, but it’s a pithy quote of hers that I often think of when I reflect on the underrepresentation of women in science.   “The truth will set you free,” she says. “But first, it will… Read More…

Amelie Mauresmo and Andy Murray smash the sports coaching glass wall

The tennis world is abuzz with the glass-smashing news that Andy Murray has appointed former world number one Amelie Mauresmo as his coach. Game-changer: Andy Murray. Dominic Lipinski/PA This time it’s not the glass ceiling that being cracked, but rather the glass wall. The glass ceiling is the invisible barrier that prevents women and minorities… Read More…

‘Cloning’ does not explain the lack of women at the top

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If you’re a modern Rip Van Winkle, you haven’t missed much when it comes to the presence of women in top leadership. In fact, you’d probably have to extend your siesta for another 70 years if you’d like to wake up to a society with equal opportunities for men and women. Is change so slow because leaders clone… Read More…

A hat trick full of sex

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Today I published three different articles on three different sites: the Guardian, The Conversation, and DiscovHer. After a quarter of a century living among taciturn Vikings, it isn’t easy to say this aloud. Indeed, it’s almost embarrassing. But I’m trying to get past that. All three articles reflect my interest in gender balance in the workplace,… Read More…

Do sweat the small stuff: microaggression matters

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It’s the little stuff. Sexist jokes. Racist stereotypes. Backhanded compliments. These are microaggressions. And they affect people every day. Microaggressions hold back women, ethnic and sexual minorities, and others, but in a different way than structural impediments of the type usually discussed on this blog. Microaggressions are more like bullying, while the structural issues affect… Read More…

Anecdata. How McKinsey’s story became Sheryl Sandberg’s fact

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You tried to raise your children gender-neutral but your daughter still loves ballerinas and your son loves cars. Maybe it’s not your fault. Maybe this shows their urges are genetically programed. You once had a woman as president of your organization but she never could communicate a vision. Perhaps she couldn’t help it. Perhaps this… Read More…

17,493 ways to hold universities more accountable

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Until university leaders can supply politicians with better approaches to accountability, they’re just going to count. In Norway right now, we’re in the midst of counting season. And because of the sharp folks at Current Research Information System in Norway, we have detailed numbers. (Disclosure: I’m the head of the board at CRIStin.) Along with… Read More…

In Delft, men need not apply. (Yes, it’s legal.)

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Young women — and young men, too — should listen when Sheryl Sandberg encourages them to lean in. Some people dislike her advice, but I think she’s just tellin’ it like it is. Not like it has to be, or like I would want it to be, mind you. But, yes, how it is. Her… Read More…