A Tale of Two Sexes
This year marks the first time that the largest Neuroscience societies in the U.S. and Europe are led by females. Carol Mason and Marian Joëls discuss the challenges that women face in moving through the ranks of academia and propose ways to increase women’s representation in the field.
Neuroscience Quarterly Article by President Carol Mason on Women in Neuroscience
Carol Mason urges all female scientists to take a seat at the table. Only by having more women in positions of influence will more equitable opportunities be created for everyone.
Threats to Objectivity in Peer Review: The Case of Gender
To illustrate how cognitive bias unrelated to the merit of the science could influence scientific peer review, the potential impact of applicant gender on the judgment of reviewers is described.
Policy: NIH to Balance Sex in Cell and Animal
NIH plans to address the issue of sex and gender inclusion across biomedical research multi-dimensionally — through program oversight, review and policy, as well as through collaboration with stakeholders including publishers.
Study Explores Where High Number of Women Earn STEM Degrees
Research from the University of Kansas shows that master's degree institutions that are doing the best in granting degrees to women in those fields are also the best at employing women in leadership positions within the disciplines.
Stuck in the Out-Group: Jennifer Can't Grow Up, Jane's Invisible, and Janet's Over the Hill
The authors present three vignettes to illustrate how gender stereotypes can also operate to disadvantage women in social interactions by positioning them in the “out-group” for many career-advancing opportunities.
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?
In 2013, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications.Eileen Pollack, one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from Yale, explores why and explains why she gave up on her dream.
How Elementary School Teachers’ Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science
A new study points to the influence of teachers’ unconscious biases, but it also highlights how powerful a little encouragement can be.