I found the article “Why Female Professors Get Lower Ratings” really fascinating. The author, Anya Kamenetz, discusses different studies done on both US and French university students (1). The most intriguing study to me was the virtual classroom study. Professors agreed to dress in virtual drag (men professors posing as female professors and vice versa), but still used their same instructions, comments, grading techniques, etc. just with a different name. The results show that female students rated their instructors more highly when the instructor appeared to be male. I thought this related to the “Gender Inequalities in Education” article that was in Unit 5 (2). Women, as students, have more advantages over men when it comes to higher education, but male professors have more advantages over female professors. It is an interesting correlation that no one could have anticipated and it has been steadily increasing these past couple years.
(1) Kamenetz, Anya. Why Female Professors Get Lower Ratings. NPR Education. January 2016. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/01/25/463846130/why-women-professors-get-lower-ratings. 02 July 2016
(2)Buchmann, Claudia; Diprete, Thomas; and Mcdaniel, Anne. Gender Inequalities in Education. Annual Review of Sociology. 2008. Annual Reviews. 02 July 2016