Conference 2010

Lecture Virginia Valian

A movie of this lecture can be found here.

A summary of the lecture can de found here.

The Female Faculty Network Twente invites you to a special lecture on (this lecture is open to everybody):

"Why so slow? The advancement of women"

by Professor Virginia Valian

on 25 March, from 16.00 till 17.00 in building Vrijhof, Agora


Women are conspicuous by their absence at the most prominent levels of science, medicine, business, law and academia. Women are sparsely represented on the editorial boards of leading journals, on the steering committees of professional organizations, and in groups like the National Academy of Sciences. Women are thinly represented among full professors at major research universities. Why?

Virginia Valian 's explanation of women's slow advancement in the professions details how and why women are disadvantaged and men advantaged - even though all the participants sincerely hold egalitarian and meritocratic attitudes. Valian will review experimental data that demonstrate how gender schemas - held by men and women alike - produce subtle overvaluations of men and undervaluation of women. As a result of many small differences, men are able to accumulate advantage more quickly than women. 

Valian includes remedies: institutions and individuals can work to achieve genuinely fair organizations that make full use of everyone's talents. 


Virginia Valian is professor of psychology and linguistics at the Hunters College, US. She has carried out a huge number of gender equity projects, and lectured at numerous international universities, as e.g. the MIT. For more information see


After the talk there will be room for discussion and a drink at the theater cafe.


Kind regards of the FFNT

Angelika Mader, Chair  


FFNT aims to support the professional development of women in academia and to provide a network for sharing and exchanging experience. It develops workshops and lectures especially for women and also organises activities aimed at women jointly with PA&O (whose activities are otherwise gender neutral).