Report outlines gender equity progress at MIT


  • Randy Showstack


In 1994, 3 tenured women faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) School of Sciences who were concerned about unequal treatment and the small percentage of women faculty there convinced the university to establish a committee to examine the issue.

Now 5 years later, and after much research and focus on the issue, working conditions have improved and women faculty at the school total more than 10%, still a low number but a significant increase compared to a total that had been fairly fixed at about 8% for at least the last decade, according to a new report by the Committee on Women Faculty.