Comments on: Women in science: Why So Few? http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:23:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: cheap rayban sunglasses http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-1452126 Fri, 10 May 2013 08:58:46 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-1452126 air jordan 3

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By: You’re not gonna reach my linkspam (31st March, 2010) | Geek Feminism Blog http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-1074708 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 07:13:40 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-1074708 [...] in Historiann’s blog [...]

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By: Environmental and social barriers restrict women in science, tech, engineering, and math. « Restructure! http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-605858 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:18:11 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-605858 [...] discusses the report and workplace bias, but the stories in the comments reveal how gender bias manifests in different [...]

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By: Nature/nurture a go-go « Feminéma http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-586819 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:49:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-586819 [...] that women are frustrated at all levels of graduate school and in the university workplace; as Historiann and her readers illustrate the AAUW’s findings, successful STEM scholars are written off as [...]

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By: sp http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-580850 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 19:12:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-580850 I got my BA in biology and chemistry and then immediately started working in a science lab at my graduating university (we don’t do experiments, we’re more library researchers).

The sexism is rampant and it drives me more crazy every year. Technically we’re all equal in terms of authority, but I’m considered the most ‘senior’ because I have the most on-the-job experience, and I’m in charge of the database. Yet anytime I disagree with my manager, she goes running to the male employees for THEIR opinion on a project they’re not even a part of. I have to back up everything I say with basically an essay of reasons backed up with citations, while anything the d00ds say is taken at face value. It probably doesn’t help that I’m also one of the youngest employees. I’ve been told by many people in not so many words that I’m intimidating.

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By: Paul S. http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-580361 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 05:09:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-580361 Dr. Crazy – I think my reaction was more against the rhetoric of the conversation, which reminded me a lot of the rhetoric that I hear a ton in my field that “you just can’t get hired if you’re a straight white male,” which is then always followed up by lots of anecdotes that “prove” this is true.

FrauTech – We must work with the same guys. All the white dudes in my department like to complain about how difficult life is for them because they are not a minority.

That sounds like the advice I received from (mostly, but not entirely male) family, friends, fellow students back when I was considering a career in academia. I was warned again and again that because of affirmative action and “political correctness” there wasn’t necessarily much of a future for white males in most of the humanities. I found little evidence that this was true, which was good news from my perspective. (The bad news was that I gradually realized that I just didn’t have the self-discipline and persistence to be a good historian.)

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By: Happy Ada Lovelace Day! « Interrobangs Anonymous http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-580060 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:39:41 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-580060 [...] in science, organized by category. The archive of Ada Lovelace Day posts is here. Historiann has a review of the recent report by the American Association of University Women on the gender diversity of science, which is worth [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-580048 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:01:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-580048 And I second truffula’s recommendation to visit SKM’s post at Shakesville–thanks, SKM, and thanks for stopping by to drop a note in the comments here.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-580045 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:00:09 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-580045 FrauTech: you really have to read chapter 9 on workplace bias in this report. It basically lays out how ambition is punished in women at every turn. (So no wonder so many women “naturally” are repelled by STEM disciplines.) Attacking ambition in women is a two-fer: you can thwart and humiliate one woman whose example then intimidates other women from even trying.

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By: MsMcD http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/23/women-in-science-why-so-few/comment-page-1/#comment-580040 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 20:40:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10074#comment-580040 Historiann- thanks for your advice! I’ve been thinking of reworking my cover letter and application approach, and talking to my letter writers makes a lot of sense. I’ll let you know how it works out with my (male- you were right) advisor.

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