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Catholic colleges worry as number of female presidents falls

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For decades, female presidents led the majority of Catholic colleges. But as women leaders have gained ground elsewhere, at Catholic colleges, they’re disappearing.

The challenge of being transgender on the academic job market (essay)

The difficulties of applying to academic positions begin before even submitting any applications, writes Alex Hanna.

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Advice for administrators on how to handle gender transitions of others on the campus (essay)

Rachel McKinnon offers advice to administrators on how to handle the gender transitions of others on the campus.

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Examining Why Female Students Leave Engineering

After starting out in engineering, women are less likely than men to stay in the profession. But rather than a toxic curriculum or classroom environment, the problem may come from the group dynamics found in teamwork and summer internships, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When MIT researchers analyzed more than 40 engineering students’ twice-monthly diaries, they found that female students often felt marginalized during group activities. In these situations, men are more likely to work on challenging problems, while women are more likely to be assigned menial tasks. For example, one of the students wrote about a group project in her design class: “Two girls in a group had been working on the robot we were building in that class for hours, and the guys in their group came in and within minutes had sentenced them to doing menial tasks while the guys went and had all the fun in the machine shop.”

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Women in higher ed still face stereotypes and double binds (essay)

Raising awareness of them and serving as models for other people is crucial for women in leadership positions in academe, writes Nichola D. Gutgold.

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U of North Florida agrees to $1.25 million settlement with former women's basketball coach

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U of North Florida will pay $1.25 million to a former women's basketball coach who said the university discriminated against female athletes and coaches.

Students demand free tampons on campus

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Students are demanding that colleges provide tampons and other menstruation products at no cost, and some institutions are starting to listen.

Appeals court upholds finding: Wayne State failed to respond to pregnancy bias against student

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Appeals court upholds verdict that Wayne State must pay $850,000 to former student whose pregnancy was subject of inappropriate criticism by supervisor.

Did U of Delaware "pass the harasser"?

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When professors leave one job due to sexual harassment allegations, they can land new jobs and repeat the behavior elsewhere, a recent case involving the University of Delaware and San Diego State University suggests.

Study suggests evidence of gender bias in evaluating evidence of gender bias in STEM

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When it comes to judging evidence of gender bias in the sciences, is gender bias at play? A study involving university faculty members suggests it is.

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