SMU Department of Sociology
Gender gap: Selection bias snubs scholarly achievements of female scientists with fewer awards for research
Public domain data on 13 science disciplinary societies found women scientists must confront sexism when competing for scholarly awards, according to a new analysis by SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln.
The analysis found that female scientists are recognized with prizes in their field more often for their service or teaching.
An assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at SMU, Lincoln is an expert on how occupations transition from being either male- or female-dominated.
AVMA writer Malinda Larkin notes that Lincoln’s research has found that women now dominate the field of veterinary medicine — the result of a nearly 40-year trend that is likely to repeat itself in the fields of medicine and law.
An assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Lincoln is an expert on how occupations transition from being either male- or female-dominated. Lincoln’s research has found that women now dominate the field of veterinary medicine — the result of a nearly 40-year trend that is likely to repeat itself in the fields of medicine and law.
Photo: Dr. Jamie Peng examines a 5-month-old French bulldog at Dr. John Reeve-Newson’s veterinary clinic in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2010. (TORONTO STAR/Colin McConnell)
Women now dominate veterinary medicine — a development reached after 40 years and likely to repeat itself in the fields of medicine and law, according to the first study of its kind on the feminization of veterinary medicine, says SMU sociologist Anne E. Lincoln.
Photo: Veterinarian Dr. Maureen D. Hall, vaccinates calves in Illinois. (Photo AVMA.)
Inside Higher Education covered the research of SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln in the Aug. 16 article “Parenthood Gaps and Premiums.” Lincoln presented the research in mid-August at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
The study, which Lincoln co-authored with Elaine Howard Ecklund of Rice University, examined physicists and biologists in academic careers and various aspects surrounding their marital and family status, including satisfaction with the number of children they have. The study was based on a survey of faculty members at the 20 top-ranked graduate programs in both physics and biology, according to the article. Continue reading
According to the National Research Council in 2006, women earned 44.7 percent of the doctorates awarded in the biological sciences between 1993 and 2004. Yet women comprised only 30.2 percent of the assistant professors at the top 50 U.S. universities.
In September Lincoln received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Research on Gender in Science and Engineering program.