Quick Hit: Which academic disciplines have the most women authors?

Based on research from the University of Washington’s Eigenfactor Project, The Chronicle of Higher Education has put together a very cool interactive graphic displaying the gender distribution of academic authorship by discipline and era.

Women’s presence in higher education has increased, but as authors of scholarly papers—keys to career success—their publishing patterns differ from those of men. Explore nearly 1,800 fields and subfields, across four centuries, to see which areas have the most female authors and which have the fewest, in this exclusive Chronicle report. See how overall percentages differ from the important first-author position and—in two major bioscience fields—from the prestigious last-author position.

Unsurprisingly, women are underrepresented across the board, and their visibility varies significantly by field. The predictable patterns show a greater proportion of female authors in disciplines tied to traditionally “feminine” care-taking jobs: ladies make up over a third of the credited authors of education and “pollution and occupation health” papers but only 6.6% of mathematics publications. Check out the website here.

New Haven, CT

Alexandra Brodsky is a senior editor at Feministing.com and student at Yale Law School. Alexandra also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. At Yale Law, Alexandra studies antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. After graduation, she will represent girls facing discriminatory suspensions and expulsions as a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center. Most importantly, Alexandra is the mommy to Margot, a tiny pomchi rescue from North Carolina

Alexandra Brodsky is a senior editor at Feministing.com and student at Yale Law School.

Read more about Alexandra

Join the Conversation