Space Allocation Study
The MIT Report on Women Faculty in Science (1999) highlighted the “hidden” sources of gender bias in academia. One such “hidden” source of inequality experienced by women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is office and lab space allocation. According to the report, the availability of adequate space – in terms of both quantity and quality – has the ability to affect researchers’ productivity and the quality of work life. As part of the requirements of the NSF ADVANCE grant, this report examines the gender distribution of space for faculty members in the STEM fields at Brown University during fiscal year 2010.