Only about one out of every five readings recently assigned to graduate political science students was written by a woman — a disparity that could affect the kind of research students go on to do in their academic careers, a recent UC Irvine study found.

The report — from Heidi Hardt, an associate professor of political science at UCI; co-author Amy Erica Smith, an associate professor of political science at Iowa State University, and other researchers — examined 88,673 doctoral-level readings assigned to graduate students nationwide and determined that women were the lead authors on only 18.7% of them.

That is significantly lower than the rate at which women are published in top journals, which is 27%, according to the study.

Read on, courtesy of the LA Times Daily Pilot:


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