Universities might have a reputation as bastions of Guardian-reading liberalism. But when it comes to the top academic jobs they stand accused of failing to give women a fair chance.
In the UK, only 24% of professors are women, even though half of lecturers are women. There are even fewer female university heads, with women accounting for 18% of vice chancellors or principals.
This isn’t unique to the UK – a report from the United Nations shows a similar pattern of a lack of female professors across universities in the United States, Japan, China, Brazil, France and South Africa.
Elizabeth Nyamayaro, senior adviser to UN Women, says there needs to be direct intervention to change this, including the controversial idea of imposing quotas. “There is a need to be pro-active, otherwise it will never happen,” she says.
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