Science and Gender – Obstacles and Interventions

Science and Gender in Academia

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2 Responses to Science and Gender – Obstacles and Interventions

  1. Barbara Montanari says:

    Dear Prof. Donald,

    I am a senior research scientist working at the Rutherford Appleton Lab.
    During my fifteen or so years of career in Academia I have always been an interested observer of gender related issues in the Academic world but had never spent time reading about them. Recently, UKRC invited me to be their guest blogger so I have been trying to crystallise my experience and thoughts on the subject.
    I found the report on Science and Gender in Academia very illuminating and I hope to have helped publicise it further because so many people still fail to recognise the continued presence of a gender issue.
    My personal experience is very much in line with the content of the report. I was able to become a mother in science without too much difficulty, and I agree that gender-related issues become stronger as women become more senior.

    I have written a few thoughts about the report on the UKRC blog which you may find here:
    http://www.theukrc.org/blogs/getset-women/2011/02/barbara
    I would love to know your opinion about what I write on the lack of confidence issue. Am I being too idealistic (feminine self-doubt kicking in!) or is mine a valid point ?

  2. Jane.F says:

    Barbara I enjoyed you blog. Science has to be inspirational and exciting too often students are put off by constantly being told you need this subject & that subject hence no one wishes to look into those fields. The UK has lost huge amounts of funding so I can see why many move abroad.
    However one of my other disappointments is the fact so many ‘eye opening ‘ events are held in London. Women in Technology confirmed they are driven by the sponsor…why? science whether it IT research or undergraduate appeal is not bound by areas. I would also like to see the high achievers going back to their roots and meeting the ordinary folk aiming aim and without invite or special event to do so.
    It is also a sad fact that contractors many of whom are talented miss out or seemingly so on these award nights. I have just achieved ICTTech but cannot see invites flooding in for my opinion.
    All in all two great blogs and they drive me to continue into computer science & IT I would grasp with both hands the opportunity for a chance to experience these environments…maybe one day after MSc and Phd around my ordinary working day have been completed shall I see some more inspiring sights of science & technology meeting

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