Women Didn’t Get Tenure as Much due to Gender Neutral Policies, Study finds

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In trying to level the playing field, it actually didn’t help female professors obtain tenure:

Ostensibly “gender-neutral” tenure policies designed to help women have actually ended up helping men instead, according to a new academic study.

As reported by the American Enterprise Institute, a research paper entitled “ Equal but Inequitable: Who Benefits from Gender-Neutral Tenure Clock Stopping Policies?” tested the income of male and female professors when it implemented gender-neutral clock stopping policies, which cancel out the effect of maternity leave on the acquisition of tenure.

“After the implementation of a gender-neutral clock stopping policy,” the paper reports, “the probability that a female assistant professor gets tenure at that university decreases by 22 percentage points while male tenure rates rise by 19 percentage points.”