The representation of women in top ranked sociology departments

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This paper compares the status of women in highly ranked sociology departments with their status in departments nationwide. The top ranked departments influence the profession markedly through their disproportionate share of the nation's graduate students and faculty, and their production of more than half of the faculty in graduate departments. Women on top ranked faculties are more often at advanced ranks with tenure than their national peers, but there are proportionally fewer of them than in departments across the nation. Gender gaps in rank and tenure are also narrower in top ranked departments. Although women graduate students are less common in top ranked than in national departments, the former have financial assistance more often. Recent hiring practices have merely maintained women's current level of representation, but men are disproportionately vacating faculty positions. With most departments growing slowly, if at all, this will result in a small increase over time in women's fraction of faculty positions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-217
Number of pages15
JournalThe American Sociologist
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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