Pro­fes­sor jobs — only for women

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - News -

Ms Mitchell O’Con­nor has not dis­closed de­tails of the num­bers of fe­male-only pro­fes­sor­ships she in­tends to cre­ate, or in which dis­ci­plines.

It is un­der­stood her depart­ment has had ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with the At­tor­ney Gen­eral on the is­sue.

Equal­ity leg­is­la­tion pro­hibits sex dis­crim­i­na­tion in job ap­pli­ca­tions. The law does al­low for “pos­i­tive ac­tion” to re­move ex­ist­ing in­equal­i­ties that women may face in ac­cess­ing em­ploy­ment or train­ing.

It is un­der­stood that the Min­is­ter’s ini­tia­tive is con­sid­ered to fall within “pos­i­tive ac­tion” as it is aimed at re­dress­ing a long-stand­ing im­bal­ance.

Fe­male-only pub­lic sec­tor jobs are a first in Ire­land. How­ever, some aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions over­seas have tried the mea­sure to rec­tify their gen­der gaps.

The Univer­sity of Ade­laide re­cently ad­ver­tised aca­demic po­si­tions for women only in math­e­mat­ics, engineering and com­put­ing. The Univer­sity of Mel­bourne ad­ver­tised fe­male-only po­si­tions in its maths depart­ment. In the Nether­lands, Delft Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy sought only women to fill 10 key re­search posts.

COL­LEGE POSTS: Ladies only

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