Volume 10, Issue 5
First: congratulations De Minimis for acknowledging the gender imbalance in your writers. It was brave to highlight that less than 38% of your writers last semester were female, although over 50% of your audience are women. That step of acknowledging an issue is essential to reflecting on it and solving it.
There is imbalance regarding many aspects in our law school (and wider) community – sexuality, race and disability to name a few. What is however particularly striking about the women imbalance is that we are not a minority. As De Minimis mentioned and I have researched, female students have made up approximately 55% of our cohort for at least the last eight years.
I’ve spent a significant part of my year researching the gender imbalance in another area of law school: representative leadership, specifically in the President position of the Melbourne University Law Students’ Society (MULSS). Here’s a snapshot of what I found and what I’d suggest as a way to solve gender (and other) imbalances (the full article is being peer reviewed for November publication - stay tuned!):