Do women need to act like men to be successful managers?

Women who take on leadership roles should resist the urge to adopt ‘masculine’ traits such as aggression to get results. They should use emotional intelligence instead, says psychologist Paula Nicolson from Royal Holloway, University of London in the United Kingdom. In her report on Nature Jobs, Rachel Bowden goes further. Rachel states that there is often a window of opportunity […]

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STEM for all

So I think everyone saw the response from so many of the science world to the ill advised comments made by Tim Hunt and Shrinivas Kulkarni on  #distractinglysexy #girlswithtoys, to remind the world that science is not gender exclusive. Science is Universal. It all comes back to gender stereotypes. Negative comments, playing to stereotypes, however harmless […]

Allergy in a Nut Shell

Although allergy to food is a common problem and affects about 1 in 10 infants in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, there is still quite a bit of confusion about what the term allergy means, how we get allergic to food and what we can do to prevent it occurring. The aim […]

A Brief History of Sexism in Science

From the grad student whose thesis advisor stole her Nobel-winning ideas to the once-ridiculed theorist of dark matter, female scientific excellence has long been snubbed. [youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/YqCUK20vt00″] Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, FRAS (born 15 July 1943), known as Jocelyn Bell Burnell, is a British astrophysicist. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first […]

Mentoring Scheme for Women in Science

[youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/tp3687xsGbY”] The BPS mentoring scheme for women, organized jointly by the BPS Women in Pharmacology committee and the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET (Science, Engineering & Technology), has been running since 2005. The aim is simple: to provide mentors to individuals so that they can confidentially discuss a wide range of issues that might influence their […]

BBC report suggest that subtle messages in the media put women off Science

A BBC report from Hannah Richardson, suggests that women are being put off working in and studying science by “subtle” messages in the media and society

“UKRC research suggests women scientists are stereotyped. They are portrayed as either frumpy, glasses-wearing cartoon geeks or uber-sexy, Bond-film glamour pusses – who shake their hair out of their specs once they have split the atom.”

Even if women are determined to find their place at an academic institution, problems can arise if they decide to have children. (more…)

Female Scientist

Female postdocs are more positive about their career success

Rachel Bowden reports that female postdocs are more positive about their career success to date than other female academics. Her blog, looking at female post doc attitudes, suggests a more positive outlook for younger generations of scientists.  There is also the implication  of greater availability of flexible working is having a beneficial effect on career […]