ERIC Number: EJ1050504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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The Status Gap: Female Faculty in the Legal Academy
Monopoli, Paula A.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2014 n1 2014
Status in the legal academy can mean two things. The first is one's rank, with the highest status being a tenured, full professor. The second is the prestige of one's home institution in the law school rankings. Women have been graduating from law schools in significant numbers for more than thirty years. However, they continue to be underrepresented in the high status position of full professor as well as underrepresented on many of the nation's more prestigious law faculties. This paper offers three reasons for this status gap: 1) the ancient association of "scholar" with the masculine; 2) disproportionate institutional service by women faculty; and 3) gender schemas that distort student expectations about how women faculty should serve them. When these three factors are combined with the fact that law schools are "gendered organizations" that valorize masculine norms, the metrics used to measure status, while neutral on their face, produce outcomes that disadvantage women faculty.
Descriptors: Law Schools, Females, Disproportionate Representation, College Faculty, Academic Rank (Professional), Gender Differences, Sex Role, Expectation
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