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Gender differences in university colloquium speakers

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Researchers examined gender differences among 3,652 colloquium speakers at the top 50 US colleges and universities in 2013-2014, and found that colloquium speakers were more likely to be men than women, even after controlling for professor rank and the number of men and women in the sample set; additional analysis indicated that gender was not tied to the perceived intrinsic value of colloquium talks nor to the decision to turn down a talk, and that likelihood of women being colloquium speakers increased with the presence of female colloquium chairs.

Article #17-08414: "Gender disparities in colloquium speakers at top universities," by Christine L. Nittrouer et al.

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