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Humanities Research Center
Dean of Humanities

Speaker: Elaine H. Ecklund
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Rice University

Gender Differences in Elite Academic Science

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
2:30 PM  to 4:30 PM

Room 3076  Duncan Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

This talk will examine the reasons academic scientists provide for differences in the distribution of women across disciplines. In quantitative analyses gender and career stage are more salient than discipline. Qualitative interviews revealed that scientists perceive mentoring, natural differences, discrimination and the history of the disciplines to be important factors. Results contribute to research on the relationship between emotional labor and occupational sex segregation conducted in professions such as law and nursing. Public policy recommendations and directions for future research follow. This lecture is presented as part of the HRC Cultural Studies of Science and Technology Workshop.

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