Sex Discrimination

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Female Science Professor has posted a checklist – “Kind of like Sexism Bingo, but in list form.” – and asked for additions. I was going to offer a few additions, but I thought “all that crap happened a thousand years ago, when I was an undergrad/grad student. I’ll just read this list of new stuff…

Dress For Success! Or Not!

Ladeez! Please remember not to be too fat, because James Watson doesn’t want to hire your ugly ass. Everybody knows fat people can’t do science. But they don’t care if we say so, because they are so jolly, and lack ambition! Likewise, it is also not good to be beautiful and curvaceous, and wear clothes…

Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science has a fascinating post summarizing a recent research paper that shows how objectification silences women. As Saguy [the lead researcher] explains, “When a woman believes that a man is focusing on her body, she narrows her presence… by spending less time talking.” There are a few possible reasons…

Links for 4-3-2009

Scads of stuff I don’t have time to blog adequately… Johns Hopkins Provost Kristina Johnson was nominated by President Obama to be under secretary of the Department of Energy in mid-March. From the email press release: She is a distinguished researcher, best known for pioneering work — with widespread scientific and commercial application — in…

Links for 03-20-2009

NSF ADVANCE Workshop For Women Transitioning to Academic Careers The University of Washington’s ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change received an award from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program to hold professional development workshops for Ph.D.-level women in industry, research labs, consulting, or national labs who are interested in transitioning to academic careers in STEM. The…

Reader JC left a comment on a recent post about sexual harassment that led me to a Feminist Law Professor post on a sexual harassment lawsuit against Brigham & Women’s Hospital. It is a post well worth reading, if you have ever wondered why more women don’t sue over sexual harassment, or why women don’t…

It’s certainly a tragedy when anyone takes their own life. I feel very sorry for the surviving family members and colleagues affected by the suicides of two U. of Iowa professors accused of sexual harassment who took their own lives last year. And yet. I have little patience with this Chronicle of Higher Education article…

According to the Chronicle Newsblog Female professors at the University of Texas at Austin earned an average of $9,028 less than their male counterparts in 2007, and senior female faculty members there feel more isolated and less recognized for their work than do their male colleagues. You can find the full report here and a…

A Reply to Dr. Isis

A warning: if you are a survivor of sexual assault you may just want to skip this post and the ensuing ugly comment thread it is sure to engender. A week or so ago the redoubtable Dr. Isis wrote an open letter to me. In part she wrote: The pragmatic part of me wants to…

Jenny F. Scientist reports the following: Recently, three women joined my lab, more than doubling the female population. (Just in time for me to leave.) There was instant bonding, which I had only seen before among married postdocs or among single grad students. But it is lovely to have other women about. We go to…