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Attitudes to Sexism and Gender Equity at a University in Denmark

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We designed this study to measure the degree of backlash a specific Danish university would en-counter in response to gender equity interventions. To capture this resistance we used two stan-dardized questionnaires: the Modern Sexism Scale, which measures explicit denial of gender dis-crimination and resentment towards gender equity demands (such as gender interventions) andthe Support for Discriminatory Practices which measures peoples explicit preferences for hiringmen over women. We also asked an open question about attitudes towards the university’s cur-rent gender policies. The questionnaire was sent to 15,493 employees. With one prompt 1,805completed the entire questionnaire. We found that university employees scored above the mid-point on modern sexism, indicating that, on average, they held sexist attitudes. We furthershowed that modern sexism scores varied depending on beliefs about what was being done forgender equity in the organization, such that those who thought that enough or too much wasbeing done had significantly higher sexism scores than those who thought that not enough wasbeing done. Over all, our findings document explicit sexist attitudes within the target universityand suggest that gender equity interventions are therefore likely to be met by great resistancefrom some.
TidsskriftKvinder, Køn & Forskning
Sider (fra-til)71-85
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2019

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