Men make up the minority of students who receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a group men also tend to dropout of school at a greater rate than women. Men are even more in minority status as students in fields like psychology and education.

So, what books, biographies, survival guides, or other resources exist for men who say want to become educators?

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    I don't understand "in education in academia." Do you mean e.g. being a professor in the field of education? In general "want to become educators" is off topic for this site unless it is restricted to "educators at the university level" or "educators who do research on education", and as far as I know men are not a minority among professors.
    – ff524
    Jul 15, 2014 at 19:00
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    Perhaps you could change the question to "men in academia in female-majority fields" and ask for resources for men who "want to pursue graduate degrees and/or academic careers in female-majority fields"
    – ff524
    Jul 15, 2014 at 19:08
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    For these 5 (as of now) downvoters: is it a double standard (cf. What books, biographies or survival guides are helpful for women in engineering in academia?)? I mean, the question may be not ideal, but it looks (relatively) clear, on topic and answerable. (And no one asks you to empathize with the OP. So "I don't feel that way about academia." does not sounds like a good reason for downvoting.) Jul 16, 2014 at 14:11
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    From his behavior on the site so far it seems clear to me that Doug is not an academic and has far more interest in misogynist trolling than in genuine questions about academia. Don't feed the trolls. Jul 16, 2014 at 16:55
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    I think the answer lies in the fact that your question is receiving downvotes, while the same question posed for females instead received 25+ upvotes, with spammed links to feminist blogs as answers. The blatant sexism against males in almost all of academia is quite absurd to say the least.
    – Keith
    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:08

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Given that non-academic careers are off-topic here, and StrongBad has already offered an answer for academic careers, I will answer the question of resources for men who want to pursue graduate degrees in female-majority fields.

I would offer the same advice to anyone of any gender who wants to know what it is like to be a member of a gender minority in graduate school: Learn what it's really like by reading about the personal experiences (both positive and negative) of others who have been in that position.

As such, here are a few resources that I believe may be helpful:


I would suggest reading survival guides (or anything that will prepare you and give you an advantage) since academia is a difficult road. I would not worry so much about finding gender specific or field specific reading, especially if you are a male. The reason I say this is, while I am sure there are some factors that make males less likely than females to succeed in academia and some of these factors may be unique to "female dominated" fields, by limiting yourself to those factors, you are missing the critical fact that the vast majority of people fail to succeed in academia, regardless of gender or field.

For the purposes of this answer, I am going to define succeeding in academia as becoming a full professor. This is not demean those who choose to aspire to different goals (e.g., making a valuable contribution, having a well balanced life, or being happy), but it is merely a byproduct of the available data. For the same reason of the availability of data, I am also going to limit the analysis to STEM fields, for which Psychology is a member, but Education is not.

The reason I suggest reading survival guides is that over 99% of people fail (i.e., do not become a full professor) in academia regardless of gender or field. The Royal Society did a study which found that less than 0.5% of the people who enter academia do not succeed:

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This is a huge problem, and if you are not prepared, and even if you are, you are likely to fail.

There is also a lot of research on gender differences. HESA has a study, which I can only find summary data of, which shows a "leaky pipeline" for women in STEM fields. For example, in the male dominated field of Physics:

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at the GCSE level there are essentially equal numbers of men and women, but less than 6% of women are Professors. The same leaky pipeline exists in the so called female dominated field of Psychology:

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At the undergraduate stage, the numbers are essentially the opposite of Physics with more women than men, but by the time you get to level of full Professor, the female domination is lost. The existence of this leaky pipeline means a lot of effort has gone into determining why women do not "succeed" in academia. The fact that both male and female dominate fields show the same trends means that most of the research into gender issues, in particular why women are less likely to succeed, are field (at least within STEM) independent.

In summary, men are doing better than women in "female dominated" fields, but no one is doing particularly well. Therefore, limiting yourself to small effects, while ignoring huge effects, is generally not efficient and you should read in a field and gender invariant manner.

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    "For the purposes of this answer, I am going to define succeeding in academia as becoming a full professor." This is a very strange definition when the vast majority of students in academia are simply not pursuing such a goal. It furthermore implies that the vast majority of both male and female students are engaging in a several year project in which they will almost surely fail. It also seems clear enough that plenty of programs, such as a masters in education program, are NOT solely designed with the purpose of training people to become a tenure-track professor. Jul 16, 2014 at 15:05
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    @DougSpoonwood your question asks about "in academia". From your comment, it seems like your question is about surviving/succeeding in the workplace in general and therefore may be outside the scope of academia.SE. It might help if you edit your question to make it clearer.
    – StrongBad
    Jul 16, 2014 at 15:43
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    I'm pretty sure the question is well within scope of this site academia.stackexchange.com/questions/17253/… Jul 16, 2014 at 16:05
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    This also isn't an answer to the question. It more qualifies as an attempt to dissuade the question from even getting asked in the first place. Jul 16, 2014 at 16:07
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    The above doesn't show that psychology as a whole is male dominated for the simple reason that it purposefully excludes consideration of non-academic fields that people with psychology degrees go into, or at the very least comes as significantly misleading. This especially becomes clear when you think about the ratio of men to women practicing psychotherapy wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_ratio_of_men_vs_woman_therapist Jul 16, 2014 at 18:55

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