Science IS sexist. Fullstop. There is an abundance of evidence that it is more difficult for women working in science to get jobs, funding and published, just because they are women. So the question is, how are we going to fix the problem?
Dr Nicola Gaston, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University Wellington and former president of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, outlines the evidence for science being sexist in her excellent little book ‘Why Science is Sexist’, just published by Bridget Williams Books. She also outlines some pretty simple ideas for how to fix the problem, and they don’t just involve shoving more women into the ‘leaky’ pipeline. One simple suggestion is to get those with decision-making powers to become more aware of their unconscious biases.
We see the first logical step in this process to be getting Nicola’s book to those with decision making powers and this is where we need your help. We have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to send the book to academics in decision-making roles who have the power to make real change now. We’ve identified several hundred academics in New Zealand we’d like to send a copy to, and reached an agreement with the publisher, who will send out the books on our behalf for a discounted price. Donors will get an e-copy of the book too. We don’t think our vision should be limited to New Zealand so donors overseas can nominate someone they want the book sent to.
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