Women* and the Humanities
The average percentage of women* professors in Germany is 23%, a number many scholars are familiar with by now.
But why is it that women* are underrepresented in higher-level positions in academia, specifically in the humanities? The authors of this article interviewed women* in the humanities from different generations and stages in their careers and asked about their experiences of everyday life in academia.
They all agreed on one thing: Some things need to change in the culture of academia — more team spirit and less competition; more of a chance to make it into the field without a perfect CV; and more appreciation for researchers’ lives outside of academia.
Another thing they all agreed on: There’s still a lot of work to do. And quotas, though helpful, are not the be-all and end-all of gender equality.