Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper

You can read the article here. These authors “surveyed 244 people with PhDs in biology and concluded that men had better job prospects, suggesting that gender bias might be to blame.”  It’s sad how gender/gender identity affects our experiences in math and science 😦

Today in my classroom one of the girls didn’t want to sit in a table because “it was all boys” and I tried to address this but at the same time I wanted her to feel safe when working on the activities I had planned for today.

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4 thoughts on “Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper

  1. I’ve definitely been in your student’s shoes! And in my case, even being aware that not wanting to work will all men in that mathematics setting is in a way making me a proponent of those gender stereotypes. I think my reaction to this as a teacher would be to try to address the classroom culture in a non direct way- maybe working on enforcing academic language and good ways to respect and question each other, though this might be better fit for a high school or middle school classroom than for college.

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  2. What an interesting article! I worked as an editorial assistant to a science journal last year and remember thinking about how many more men than women I talked with when publishing their manuscripts. I hope this changes soon. I would be interested in learning ways to help my students realize and face head on the disparity in gender representation in math and sciences.

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    • I’m really interested as well in ways to have students face the disparity in gender representation in math and science. One way I was thinking of doing this (especially as I found a poster of greatest mathematicians and they were all men) is by giving students examples of both female and male mathematicians and being clear with them with the issues. For example, I think I would show this poster and have a conversation with students around how it’s all men in the poster and provide them examples of female mathematicians as well. I would maybe create my own poster of female mathematicians to post next to the male one in my classroom. One thing is that I would have to be aware of the language I use so that students who identify with other genders don’t feel excluded and don’t feel as if I’m only talking about people who identify with the gender with which they were born.

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  3. Aww poor girl. I’ve been thinking about this girls and boys dynamic a lot within my seating arrangements, as well as status dynamics between students. Sometimes, I think this is harder in middle school classrooms because boys have cooties.

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