Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Are lawsuits really the only way?

Sorry to say I've been so far off the radar that I missed this essential post by Dr. Isis about how women went from 1.4% to 20% of NIH study section members in 1971, thanks to AWIS.

Too bad AWIS didn't have anything remotely so revolutionary brewing in my scientific lifetime.

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At 1:54 PM, Blogger Becca said...

I've been thinking about what revolution I'd like AWIS to lead lately...
(no, lawsuits are not the *only* way, but big splashy action is pretty much tied to 'revolution' not 'evolution')

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Kea said...

Yes, I was also too young to benefit from this era. Apparently MIT research shows that women appointed 'by force' perform better on average than their male colleagues, even without taking into account the documented undervaluation of a female's work. So much for a lowering of standards.

But one does not often hear of such studies, probably because the 1970s is such a long time ago now, and a lot of these women are probably telling their granddaughters NOT to go into STEM fields, if they value their life.

 

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