Women = Teachers Men = Professors
How Can This Stigma be Fixed?
Often times women are perceived as being less qualified and less intelligent because they often teach younger age groups. As age increases and material becomes more complex, women are less likely to be seen in the higher level classrooms, such as high school or college classrooms. In turn, students assume males are more qualified to teach more difficult material. Women are simply utilized to nurture young minds and handle material that isn't "complex."
How should we address this?
Why is this important?
Females need to feel that they can be successful as higher level teachers
Female professors are being viewed as less authoritative
many professors are concerned that students automatically favor male professors and assume they are smarter and more authoritative.
Sexism is driving students to give higher favor and give higher ratings to male professors, simply based on gender
Less students want to take classes taught by female professors
This is not fair to women because they are just as qualified as men
HOW CAN THIS BE FIXED?
- show women that they are just as qualified as men to teach in college
- encourage women to venture into teaching for higher age groups
- help women feel more comfortable taking on a college classroom