Physics Departments Without Women


Are you in a small department at a college or university? Are there no women on the physics faculty with professorial rank—no assistant, associate, or full professors? On its face, this might look like discrimination, but it probably isn’t, according to a report issued earlier this month by the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

The report’s authors, statistician Susan White and sociologist Rachel Ivie, prepared a statistical model of the distribution of gender on faculties of various sizes, assuming no gender bias beyond the general gender disparity in physics. The model aligned well with current reality. With so few women overall on physics faculties—currently about 13% of physics faculty are women—it is to be expected that quite a few smaller departments will have no female members, they conclude.

With so few women overall on physics faculties—currently about 13% of physics faculty are women—it is to be expected that quite a few smaller departments will have no female members.

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