EU Parliament

Women are weaker, smaller and less intelligent”?!?

A member of the EU Parliament just said that women are “weaker, smaller and less intelligent” after comparing migrants to “excrements” and making a Nazi salute in the chamber. *Enough is enough, sign the petition with one click to suspend him from Parliament:* *sign now <https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/eu_toxic_mep_loc/?bjisgab&signup=1&cl=12069560747&v=89757>* A member of the European Parliament just said that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]