Another male preserve?

July 17, 2008

It is more than six months since Times Higher Education adopted its new format and introduced an obituaries section. During this time, the life of only one female academic has been written about. Do women academics ever die? Since death is no selector of gender, social class, race, sexual orientation or rank, I presume they must. Are their lives not considered worth recording? Or is there a bias in the selection process?

June Purvis, University of Portsmouth.

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