Our university promotions system is designed by men for men

Ireland“The purpose of the 20 posts approved under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative created by Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor was to improve the representation of women in senior positions in the Irish higher educational system …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 18 February]

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3 Responses to “Our university promotions system is designed by men for men”

  1. Ciaran O'Neill Says:

    760 words claiming that the system is set up to promote men but not a single sentence on how this might be the case, why this might be the case or what aspects of promotions allow this. In fact she never even mentions how promotions work. The only evidence she gives that the universities vary in gender ratios but this might be explained by different subjects, the ability of the university to attract international candidates or different age profiles. What a rag of an article.

  2. D Says:

    Fixing unproven sexism with proven sexism. Well done. This will last seconds at the EU courts.

  3. D Says:

    For reference, this is very, very clear under EU law. What O’Connor is proposing is 100% illegal.

    Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation (recast)
    Equal treatment as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion and working conditions
    Article 14
    Prohibition of discrimination
    1. There shall be no direct or indirect discrimination on grounds of sex in the public or private sectors, including public bodies, in relation to:
    conditions for access to employment, to self-employment or to occupation, including selection criteria and recruitment conditions, whatever the branch of activity and at all levels of the professional hierarchy, including promotion;

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