Did women in academia cause wokeness?

Did women in academia cause wokeness? By Noah Karl.

The percentage of “faculty in degree-granting postsecondary institutions” who are women increased from 33% in 1987 to 50% in 2018. …

As the psychologist Cory Clark notes, women are consistently less supportive of free speech than men, and consistently more supportive of censorship. Compared to men, they’re more likely to say that:

  • hate speech is violence
  • it’s acceptable to shout down a speaker
  • controversial scientific findings should be censored
  • people need to be more careful about the language they use
  • it should be illegal to say offensive things about minorities.

Clark argues, convincingly in my view, that this stems from women’s greater aversion to harm and conflict. They interpret various forms of speech as harmful to vulnerable groups, and wish to censor them for that reason. …

Arnold Kling … speculate[s] that adding a lot of women to formerly male domains has made the culture of those domains more consistent with female tendencies. “The older culture valued open debate,” Kling notes. “The newer culture seeks to curtail speech it regards as dangerous.” …

Women are disproportionately represented in Grievance Studies (i.e., disciplines like Gender Studies and Critical Race Theory), which are often little more than a vehicle for left-wing activism. …

Academia has a substantial left-wing skew. Interestingly, this skew appears to be greater among female academics than among male ones. …

Compared to men, women were more likely to say that “Science is just one way of knowing”, and that “Postmodern theories have made important contribution”. ..

Finally, there is the evidence supplied by Eric Kaufmann in his mammoth report for the CSPI. … He found that women were more likely to support dismissal campaigns, more likely to discriminate against conservatives, and more likely to support diversity quotas for reading lists. … To quote Kaufmann: “if the share of women rises, we should expect the balance of internal opinion to move in the direction of emotional safety over academic freedom.” …

It’s therefore plausible that the influx of women into academia over the last thirty years contributed to academia’s leftward shift, and to the rise of woke activism in particular.

Lots of graphs and tables at the link.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific