A Yale Woman in a Man’s World

Yale Women. In September 1972, our class consisted of 1000 MALE LEADERS and as a side thought, about 200 “girls.” Apparently THE alumni (you know, those old codgers with kids of college age, which is now us) wanted to be sure their sons would get in. I always wonder about their daughters—never mind. We knew we were a big change: after all, the first class that admitted women as freshmen were seniors our first year. Maybe I was at Yale because a girl from my high school was one of those ’73 women. 

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YaleWomen Global Newsletter | March 2014

YaleWomen Global Newsletter | March 2014

  • A Letter from YaleWomen Chair Ellen Gibson MicGinnis
  • From the Desk of the YaleWomen 50/50 Media Initiative
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YaleWomen Global Newsletter | December 2013

YaleWomen Global Newsletter | December 2013

  • YaleWomen Conference Wins AYA Award
  • YaleWomen Chapters Take a Look at Mentorship
  • Major Gifts Endow New Women’s Health Research Professorship
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner on Why She and Her Husband Endowed the WHRY Professorship
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YaleWomen Global Newsletter | September 2013

YaleWomen Global Newsletter | September 2013

  • What's in YaleWomen for You
  • Yale Couple Endows New Named Women's Health Research 'Pioneer' Award
  • Partner Spotlight: Yale Women Faculty Forum
  • Keeping up with YaleWomen
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YaleWomen Global Newsletter | June 2013

YaleWomen Global Newsletter | June 2013

  • YaleWomen Conference Message Lives On
  • Updates from YaleWomen Chapters, Outreach and Recruitment
  • Partner Spotlight: The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University Celebrates 20 Years of Inspiring and Training Women to Lead
  • Call for YaleWomen to Join the Women's Leadership Initiative Network
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YaleWomen Global Newsletter | March 2013

YaleWomen Global Newsletter | March 2013

  • YaleWomen Conference Update
  • Updates from YaleWomen Chapters
  • Campus Partner Profile: The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale

YaleWomen Global Newsletter | December 2012

YaleWomen Global Newsletter | December 2012

  • Announcing our Spring Global Conference
  • AYA Assembly: Reflections from Yale Medal Recipients
  • Updates from YaleWomen Chapters
  • Partner Highlight: Women’s Health Research at Yale

Gender Gap in Museum Leadership

We're on a roll this week. Today's New York Times' article reports a study by the Association of Art Museum Directors, prompted by one of its members, Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum in New York that found . . . a gender gap (!) at the top of the museum world.  It turns out that woman hold almost half of the directorships at small and medium sized museums, but only  24% of the top jobs at major museums are held by women, and their compensation is 29% lower than their male counterparts.

"There is a difference if a woman is running one of these big museums,” said Elizabeth Easton, director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, a training program in New York that has helped place nine women in directorships, but none at the country’s most influential museums. “Those directors are the most loud and authoritative voices. It sets the tone."

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Gender Gap in Health Research

"Scientists continue to neglect gender in medical research, endangering women’s health by focusing on males in studies that shape the treatment of disease, a report found." (Bloomberg.com)

A series of small choices and some luck led me into a lecture by Carolyn Mazure, PhD at an AYA Assembly years ago. I have to admit that sessions on women’s health were pretty low on my interest scale, but I had bumped into a good friend who knew Carolyn and so we went in together. I was stunned by the information Carolyn imparted, entertained by her style and passion, and embarrassed by my previous lack of interest.  Carolyn is the director of Women’s Health Research at Yale, and I am now on the WHRY Advisory Council.  WHRY has been a significant force in research on issues affecting women’s health, providing seed funding, collaborating with key scientists, and communicating results to health care professionals and the public.  It’s hard to overstate the importance of their work, and the other day we got more evidence that it is still needed.

 

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Gender Gap in Films Quantified

Even Geena Davis, who has worked hard to identify the gender gap in films and address it through her Institute on Gender in Media, was shocked to learn about the gap in screen time between men and women actors in Oscar-nominated films, revealed in a New York Times article this past weekend.  I'm not sure I was shocked, but for YaleWomen, the statistics reinforce our passion for our 50/50 project, the goal of which is to achieve gender parity at all levels of government, media, academia and the business world.

http://nyti.ms/1fL3JKf

We invite our members to get involved - join on our website and indicate an interest in 50/50, or email us at info@yalewomen.org.



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