Brown U. prez: ‘Women are socialized to be compliant’March 23rd, 2011 at 10:45 am by Ted Nesi under General Talk
The Daily Beast caught up with two Ivy League presidents – UPenn’s Amy Gutmann and Providence’s own Ruth Simmons of Brown University – and asked each one to “grapple with what’s holding smart, young women from seizing leadership positions” on elite college campuses in the United States.
Here’s some of what Simmons, who took the helm at Brown in 2001, had to say:
Ruth Simmons, the president of Brown University, acknowledges the power of “residual biases” and barriers, but suggests that the gender divide is also a product of cultural norms.
Simmons says women at Brown “participate with a sense that they belong.” But she adds that women are “much more likely to accord the spotlight to others.”
“Women are socialized to be compliant, that’s what pushes us along,” says Simmons, who has a warm, but no-nonsense demeanor. “We go to class. We sit in our chairs. We take notes. This compliant behavior allows us to be successful, it’s true, but the compliant personality is not the personality that wants to control. The compliant personality wants approbation.”
The full article is here.
(photo: Brown University)