The Wikipedia entry on Athena SWAN is here. The start of the piece, which is feminist-friendly throughout, as we’d expect of Wikipedia:
Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) is a charter established and managed by the British Equality Challenge Unit in 2005 that recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. [J4MB: For ALL?]
The Athena SWAN charter was established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to include non-STEM schools, professional and support staff, technical staff, and trans staff and students. The first awards to non-STEM university departments were announced in April 2016.
The entry ends with this:
The real objective of Athena SWAN couldn’t be clearer. It is to advantage women over men in securing academic positions, regardless of merit. William Collins’s outstanding 2015 article on the initiative is here.
Our thanks to Paul for pointing us to a Times Higher Education online survey. Question 12 should give you a flavour of it:
Do you think it is fair on men that an academic sisterhood may exist?
May exist? What the hell is Athena SWAN if not concrete proof the ‘academic sisterhood’ has existed in British academia since 2005, and in truth probably for decades before that?