METIS Lecture: Gender Equity – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Date and time
Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Online via Zoom
The partners of METIS warmly invite you to the first annual METIS Lecture. The METIS Lecture showcases research and researchers working on the topic of equal opportunities in academia.
This year, Professor Virginia Valian will speak on the imbalanced advancement of women compared with men. Women and men have different trajectories in academia and in the professions more generally. Overall, men advance faster than women; at work and in heterosexual households, men perform less service than women do. The need to work from home exacerbates inequalities in men’s and women’s contributions and rewards. In this talk, Professor Virginia Valian uses two interlocking concepts to explain these gender differences – gender schemas and the accumulation of advantage.
Due to schemas, both men and women are likely to overrate men and underrate women in professional settings, and both men and women expect women to labor for love. The notion of the accumulation of advantage shows the importance of the small inequalities that schemas create – they compound over time, like interest on an investment. Success develops through accumulating small benefits, such as examples of acknowledgment and recognition. To create academic excellence we need to recognize and respect merit in both women and men. Professor Valian discusses examples of procedures and policies that will maximize inclusion and excellence.