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Quantitative datasets reveal marked gender disparities in Earth Sciences faculty rank in Africa

Mosuro, G. O. and Omosanya, Kamaldeen O. and Lawal, Muhedeen Ajibola and Oussou, Ahmed and Oshomoji, Adeoye Olugbemi and Fru, Immaculate Mary Neh and Ratshiedana, Phathutshedzo Eugene and Ndukwe, Otobong Sunday and Rapholo, Maropene Tebello Dinah and Eruteya, Ovie Emmanuel and Alao-Daniel, Adedamola Beatrice and Mohammedyasin, Seid and Ajilore, Oluwatoyin and Abdulmalik, Nana Fatima and Fredj, Soumaya Ben and Akinlalu, A.A. and Lawal, Hammed A. and Aturamu, Adeyinka Oluyemi and Waswa, Aron K. and Oyeyemi, Kehinde D. and Tahri, Ali Aboul Hacene (2023) Quantitative datasets reveal marked gender disparities in Earth Sciences faculty rank in Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences.

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As in most disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), gender disparity is prevalent in the ranking of Earth Sciences faculties at senior and advanced levels. (i.e., Associate and Full Professors). In this study, a robust database was mined, created, and analyzed to assess the faculty compositions of 142 Earth Science departments in 39 countries across Africa. The data were collected from verifiable online resources focusing on ranks and gender ratios within each department. The studied earth science departments cut across universities in northern, southern, central, eastern, and western Africa. Our data revealed that female faculty members are predominantly underrepresented in most of the departments documented and are markedly uncommon in senior positions such as Professors, associate Professors, and senior researchers compared to their male counterparts. On the contrary, female faculty members are predominant in the lower cadres, such as lecturers, teaching, and graduate assistants. The observed male to female ratio is 4:1. At the base of this gender gap is the lower enrolment of female students in Earth Science courses from undergraudate to graduate studies. To achieve gender equality in Earth Science faculty composition in Africa, we recommend increasing female students’ enrollment, mentoring, awareness, timely promotion of accomplished female researchers, and formulation of enabling government policies. More work-related policies that guarantee work-life balance for female earth science academic professionals should be formulated to attract and retain more women into Earth Sciences careers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Earth sciences STEMM Gender-disparity Faculty position Ranks Africa
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Depositing User: AKINWUMI
Date Deposited: 24 May 2023 11:54
Last Modified: 24 May 2023 11:54

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