ERIC Number: ED370509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May-1
Women in Academe: Historical and Sociological Perspectives.
Kelly, Jan W.
This paper examines the unequal status of women in academic life from the ideological framework of the women's movement and issues a call to action to change this position. The paper discusses the following issues: (1) persons in the majority culture highlight the differences between them and the minority by exaggerating their culture; (2) the imbalance in numbers causes people to be preoccupied with how to behave toward each other; (3) most curricular materials effectively eliminate women or perpetuate sex role stereotyping; (4) universities that engage only one half of its population in its governance, conduct, and exchange of ideas lack a balanced viewpoint; (5) women academics are victims of sexual harassment, which also impacts on women's equality; and (7) the movement of women into equal ranks in the academy is a threat to its very existence as a patriarchy. The paper concludes that women must take it upon themselves to protest unequal treatment and sexism in their workplace, and they must do this in spite of the prevalent cultural taboos against questioning the practices of the academy. (Contains 15 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association (New Haven, CT, May 1, 1993).