Women storm the ivory towers
Male domination of academic life has been so complete for so long that equal numbers remain a long way off, especially at senior levels, but a historic shift appears to be under way. Other figures from the British Medical Association show how quickly the balance can tilt: the BMA estimates that, on current trends, women doctors will outnumber men within eight years.
Poor salaries may be contributing to the current trend, as the unions have warned, but it is one that can be detected throughout the public sector.
The end, if not the means, is welcome.