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  •  Have you seen the current issue of Nature? (7+ / 0-)

    The current issue has a large section discussing ways to increase opportunities for women in science.

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:57:30 AM PST

    •  Here are excerpts from the editorial in Nature (4+ / 0-)

      It is an excellent summary of the issues.

      Whether female scientists will want to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March may depend on how far they look back in time. Things have changed, and if you talk in terms of decades, there are considerable victories to cheer about. But despite those victories, progress now seems to have stalled.

      That is clear from the package of articles in this week’s Nature (see nature.com/women) that exposes the dismaying extent to which sexism still exists in science. In the United States and Europe, around half of those who gain doctoral degrees in science and engineering are female — but barely one-fifth of full professors are women. Women are not invited in significant numbers to sit on the scientific advisory boards of start-up companies. A scientific conference at which half of the keynote speakers are women stands out simply because of that.

      It goes on to discuss political barriers (aka institutional and institutionalized sexism) and the need to increase profile. Your wonderful series is an example of why the profile needs to be increased.
      One useful tool is the online platform AcademiaNet (http://academianet.info), created by the Stuttgart-based Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany in cooperation with Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the German edition of Scientific American (which is owned by the Nature Publishing Group). AcademiaNet gives a web presence to high-achieving female scientists, making them visible to conference-programme committees seeking female speakers, journalists seeking experts to quote, head-hunters seeking board members and the like. The network will become even more important as work to address gender imbalance accelerates. With successful women being both fewer and less likely to push themselves forward than their male counterparts, they can be hard to find for even the most enthusiastic gender-balancer.

      Be radical in your compassion.

      by DWG on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:34:37 AM PST

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