The University of Edinburgh is trying to improve the position of women in higher education – with recipes. University academic Daphne Loads is questioning whether this is a good idea. Can a symbol of domesticity really help women in the professional world? Or will the University continue to be a place where almost every permanent symbol of achievement – building and street names, portraits and busts – is masculine, where women drop off the career ladder, and where most Wikipedia editors are young men? Should universities do something less soft and fuzzy if they want to help women?
Daphne Loads, Academic Developer at the Institute for Academic Development, the University of Edinburgh.