The original idea of Athena SWAN was to get more women into  areas where there were far fewer women than men, such as engineering. Now we are seeing this schemes being extended into all areas of academia, starting with the humanities, which have long being dominated by women

What is the rationale for applying Athena SWAN to areas, such as the humanities, where there are more women than men? Is the aim to boost the numbers of men in the humanities, and will the same tactics be used as in the sciences e.g. withholding funding from departments that don't adopt equality schemes (Davies, 2011).

As usual, we are expected to accept without question anything that flies under the flag of 'equality'. Those who look more closely at what these schemes actually entail will realise that when it comes to gender, equality is usually very one-sided.

Davies (2011). Letter from Chief Medical Officer & Chief Scientific Advisor to the government, Professor Dame Sally C Davies, 29/07/2011 - See more at: