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Does Sexist Attitudes Stand in the Way of Gender Equity at the University?

Gendering in Research: Talk by Lea Skewes, Linköping University and AU

2019.01.21 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Thu 28 Feb
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312


Many people think that we have achieve gender equity in DK, which demotivates employees to get behind diversity interventions. Put simply, one has to recognize a problem before one can successfully intervene on it. This study was designed to measure the degree of resistance a particular Danish university would encounter against gender equity interventions. In order to capture this resistance we used two standardized social psychology questionnaires: the Modern Sexism Scale and the Support for Discriminatory Practices. We also asked an open question about people´s attitudes towards this particular university´s gender policies. In total, 1805 university employee´s completed the questionnaire. Over all, our findings document that explicit sexist attitudes are prevalent at this particular Danish university and that any gender equity interventions therefore will be met by great resistance from employees at all levels.   

About the speaker

Lea Skewes, Postdoc, Linköping University and AU

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