My name is Siân Halcrow and it is my privilege to be an Academic Representative on the TEU National Women’s Committee for the 2021-2022 term. I am an Associate Professor in Biological Anthropology at the University of Otago, where I have been a student, and now an academic staff member here for the past 18 years. I have a passion for issues of gender equity in the University environment and have served on committees with a focus on gender at local, national and international levels.
During my time in academia I have seen very little in the way of real change for achieving gender equity in the academic realm, including for wāhine Māori. These issues are all the more critical in the COVID environment, where research has shown that women are more negatively affected with workload issues and job insecurity. I feel positive that the TEU as a collective can make a real impact on equity and workload issues for women.
I was a founding member of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Early Career Research Group, where a focus was on gender equity and career continuity for women. I was the President for Graduate Women (GW) Otago and the Young Member’s Representative for the National Committee for GW. Nationally, I sat on the Society for American Archaeology Committee for the Status of Women in Archaeology. I am a proud mother to two children (15 and 6).