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As readers of this site surely know, women are drastically underrepresented in most STEM fields, particularly at the faculty level. One colleague of mine argued that as a result of this disparity, it is much easier for women to get academic jobs than it is for men because hiring departments are under a lot of pressure to even out their gender ratios. Never mind the demonstrated falsity of this argument (or the common-sense impossibility of its being true), where is this “pressure” coming from, exactly? From the same patriarchal institutions that created the imbalance in the first place?

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