According to a recent Guardian article about the number of women employees at major research universities shows that compared to 2001 women still remain significantly under-represented in the research-intensive areas of science, engineering and technology subjects, particularly at senior levels. They are more likely to be employed on lower grades, on fixed term contracts, and less likely than men to be doing research. Interestingly, a recent Australian study found that 42.6% of women academics compared to 26.5% of men see welfare and pastoral care as a workload activity. This is no suprise. Many of the women in academia I speak to feel a great sense of responsiblity towards their students and take this pastoral element of teaching very seriously. This element should be given more public recognition as it is an invaluable use of time but one that invariably takes away from research and publication time which is where grants and promotions are more likely to be given. A coincidence? Don't bet on it.