American Academy of Arts and Sciences – Still a Boys’ Club


Posted on April 19th, 2010 by Katherine Franke

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its new class of fellows today.  The AAAS, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies, was established in 1780 by John Adams and John Hancock. Of course, being elected to the AAAS is a great honor, and today we congratulate our colleague here at Columbia Law School Peter Strauss, Betts Professor of Law, for his election this year to this august academic institution (along with, I might add, Steve Martin, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lithgow & Denzel Washington among others).

Yet, as in previous years, the new class of fellows remain overwhelming male.  Of the 211 “leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs” ONLY 34 ARE WOMEN!

Here is a shot from last year’s induction ceremony – guess this year’s won’t look much better.

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