Sexism in science

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 4.50.54 PMA special issue of the journal Nature exposes the continuing taint of sexism in science.

One insidious problem, one of the papers points out, is gender bias, whether overt or unconscious. Even women scientists can fall prey to this, according to neurobiologist Jennifer Raymond.

This blog prefers to talk about victories over time, and how things HAVE changed. Now women are earning half of the doctoral degrees in science and engineering. Still, the authors of the Nature package point to some continuing and distressing problems—that one-fifth of full professors STEM fields are women. Nor are women sitting on the scientific advisory boards of start-up companies in rates equivalent to the population.

Presumably being vigilant about this—and learning about it—helps. Check it out. Nature special: nature.com/women

LS

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