General Observations

Be sure to read our disclaimers page before interpreting the results.

Bias in conference invitations

  • Considering the field as a whole, there does not seem to be a discrepancy between the gender proportions of faculty and invited speakers, according to this dataset.
  • In this data, women invited speakers are under-represented in Phonology/Phonetics and Sociolinguistics conferences, contrary to anecdotal evidence.
  • In this data, women conference invitees in Experimental fields are over-represented compared to the actual proportion of women in those fields.

Bias in different stages of the academic career

  • In each subfield that we analyze, our data show greater proportions of women graduate students compared to women faculty. This difference is particularly large in the fields of Experimental linguistics and Syntax/Semantics.
  • There is a decrease in the representation of women as we go up the academic hierarchy (undergrad->grad->faculty).
  • The fields of Syntax/Semantics have the lowest proportions of women faculty.

Student data

  • NCES and NSF data shows that (at least since the mid ’80s) the majority of people earning PhDs in linguistics have been women.
  • NCES data shows that a higher proportion of BA and MA students are women, with lower proportions of women earning PhDs. This is indicative of the leaky pipeline problem.

LSA Executive Committee

  • The LSA executive committee makeup is overall biased in favor of women.

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