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SEXISM ED: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia


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**Winner of the GOLD Medal in the 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.**

Read the INDIE-Gold-winning book that answers the perennial question: Why aren’t more women at the top of the ivory tower?

The academy claims to be a meritocracy, in which the best and brightest graduate students gain employment as professors. Dr. Kelly J. Baker assumed that merit mattered more than gender. But the higher up she looked in the academic hierarchy, the fewer women there were. 

In this book, Baker documents how very common sexism—paired with labor exploitation—is in higher ed. Pulling very few punches, Baker writes about gender inequity, precarious labor, misogyny, and structural oppression. She examines not only the sexism inherent in hiring practices, promotion, and leave policies, but also questions the cultural assumptions about who can and should be a professor. 

Baker shows the consequences of sexism and patriarchy in her own life: hating the sound of her voice, fake allies, the cultural boundaries of motherhood, and the perils of being visible. It’s exhausting to be a woman, but Baker never gives up hope that we can change higher ed—and the world—if only we continue to try.


Praise for SEXISM ED:

“In a stirring suite of essays, Kelly Baker reveals that, contrary to its “ivory tower” characterization, the university is no retreat from the world’s injustices.” Miya Tokumitsu, Ph.D., author of Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success & Happiness

“An absolute must-read.” —Marc Bousquet, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies at Emory University and author of How The University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation

“A meticulously sourced and thorough look into the myriad ways that misogyny is built into the very bones of the academy.” —Jessica W. Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape.

“Harrowing, though never humorless or hopeless, this collection is required reading.Kecia Ali, Professor of Religion at Boston University and author of Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence

“A window into sexual politics, the academy, and the structures of inequity that are this American moment.” —Laura Levitt, Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender at Temple University and author of Jews and Feminism: The Ambivalent Search for Home and American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust


Book Information:

  • Author: Kelly J. Baker
  • Title: Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia
  • Publication Date: April 2018
  • Page Count: 238 (paper)
  • Paper ISBN: 978-1-947834-22-4; Ebook ISBN: 978-1-947834-23-1
  • Distributed through Ingram